Search for missing Alabama woman continues, police searching waterway

Jennifer Lee Hampton, 21 (Photo Courtesy: Knoxville Police Department)

UPDATED 9/26/08 5:20 p.m.: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- An Alabama woman has been missing for nearly a week, and police either don't know or aren't saying much more than they said at the beginning of the week, but now the search is expanding to new areas.

Jennifer Hampton, 20, was last seen at the Days Inn on Lovell Road last Friday night around 9:00.

Jennifer's family plans to be here until she's found, but how soon that happens and how long they can stay may both depend on you.

Their tears and pained expressions speak volumes, but Jennifer Hampton's family has an attorney to talk for them.

Attorney Eddie Daniel says, "They just really aren't comfortable answering questions."

Attorney Eddie Daniel says he isn't charging the family a dime. He's just trying to help them while police try to find Jennifer. KPD claims they're following tips of suspicious activity. The tips are taking them to places like Fort Loudon Lake where rescue squad crews search the shoreline and the water. The family attorney says the young woman who came here with coworkers to help open a restaurant is not the type who would have invited trouble.

Daniel says, "This was a very, very, nice young lady, Very different than a lot of 21 year olds. She didn't smoke, she didn't drink, she didn't do drugs. Her employer said at 21 years old she's one of the best employees they've ever had."

Money is likely last thing on the minds of Jennifer's mother, stepfather, grandmother, and three sisters. But with plans to stay until she's found, motel and other expenses pile up at a time of lost paychecks. That's where you can help.

Daniel says, "SunTrust Bank has very generously set up an account. We're asking the citizens of the community to please go by SunTrust Bank and make a donation."

If you have information that can help police, call KPD at 865-215-7014.

Jennifer's employer, Mama Blues Cafe, is offering a $5,000 reward.

If you want to help with the family's expenses, all you have to do is go into any SunTrust Bank to make a donation to the Jennifer Hampton Fund. The family’s attorney says even very small donations can make a big difference.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The search for a missing Alabama woman in Knoxville to help train employees at a new restaurant is still underway, and police are now searching the area of Carl Cowan Park off Northshore Drive and the waterway adjacent to the park.

Jennifer Hampton, 20, went missing Friday from the Days Inn Hotel on Lovell Road in West Knox County.

Her family has hired Knoxville attorney Eddie Daniel, and he plans to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Friday.

There is also a fund set up to help Hampton's family pay for their stay in Knoxville while the search for their daughter continues.

Donations to the Jennifer Hampton Fund can be made at any Suntrust Bank location.

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