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Woman reported missing after leaving Foothill Farms home is Sacramento State graduate

Janet Mejia
Janet Mejia Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Sacramento County sheriff’s officials are asking the public’s help in finding a 28-year-old Sacramento State alumna who was reported missing Tuesday night.

Janet Mejia was reported missing by her roommate. She was last seen leaving her residence in the 7200 block of Pepperwood Knoll Lane, in the Foothill Farms area north of Elkhorn Boulevard and east of Walerga Road, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. Sheriff’s deputies located her vehicle Wednesday afternoon in the Arden Arcade area, about a 15-minute drive from her home.

Her disappearance is out of the ordinary for her, and she usually keeps in contact with her family, the news release said.

Ed Mills, vice president for Student Affairs at Sacramento State, said Mejia was a spring 2016 graduate with a degree in American Sign Language and deaf studies.

Elvia Gutierrez was among a group of Mejia’s friends who gathered in Sacramento on Thursday to distribute fliers near her apartment, the area where her vehicle was found and the Sacramento State campus.

Gutierrez, who lives in the Bay Area, said she and Mejia grew up in the same Stockton neighborhood.

Gutierrez said Mejia’s sister and brother-in-law became concerned after Mejia failed to come to their Stockton home as planned on Monday night. They subsequently learned that she had not shown up for her job Monday at Nordstrom in the Westfield Galleria at Roseville. Mejia typically was in daily contact with her family, Gutierrez said.

Mejia became interested in American Sign Language because she has a nephew who is deaf. “That grew into a passion to help other people,” Gutierrez said.

Mejia is described as Hispanic, around 5 feet tall, weighing 120 to 125 pounds, with long black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt with the word “PINK” on the front.

Anyone with information regarding Mejia’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115.

“We are all extremely concerned for her and hope she is safe and will be found very soon,” Mills said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy