Minneapolis Police need your help to find a missing University of Minnesota student. Jennifer Houle, 22, was last seen between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. this past Friday at Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown. Police say her purse was found three blocks away on the 1100 block of 4th Street Southeast at about 3 a.m.
Houle, from Stillwater, is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 140 pounds and has long blond hair. She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, green blouse, black leggings and black boots.
She is a senior studying business at the Carlson School of Management, and is set to graduate this spring. Houle is also a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, which is located about three blocks away from Blarney Pub and about a block away from where her purse was found.
Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder said investigators were working on several theories. He said that cutting off contact after an evening out with friends was not consistent with Houle’s typical behavior.
According to Houle’s Facebook account, she also planned to attend a Women in Business Gala at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, an event that was scheduled to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911, the Minneapolis Police tipline at 612-692-TIPS (8477), or send a text to 847 411 (tip 411) then enter MPD and the tip.
BREAKING 3/30/2015: Minneapolis police are now saying video evidence was located that indicates Ms. Houle “entered the river from the 10th Avenue Bridge” on Friday morning and was alone when she went over the bridge and into the water. No body has been recovered. Authorities did not call this a suicide or an accident.