Find Missing Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins! (Part 1)

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Find Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins!

Find Missing Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins! (Part 1)
She has been missing for eight years.
She is at the center of currently polarizing
Political and social issues.
Whatever our view on her parents’
Highly controversial Lifestyles
A child is missing and needs to be brought home.

Find Missing Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins! (Part 1)
Details

Find Missing Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins! (Part 1) Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins has been missing since January 1, 2010. She is missing from Bedford, Virginia. Her case is classified as a family abduction. Isabella was born in the year 2002. At the time of her disappearance, Isabella was 8 years old. Her current age is 16 years old. Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins is a Caucasian female. She is described as 4’0″ and 70 pounds at the time of her disappearance. Her hair is described as sandy brown and her eyes are blue. Isabella has a birthmark on her abdomen. She may use the first name Lydia.

Find Missing Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins! (Part 1)
Circumstances

Janet Jenkins and Lisa Ann Miller were lesbian partners. Prior to her disappearance, Isabella lived with them. Her parents met in 1997 and moved in with each other a few weeks later. Reportedly in December 2000, the couple were united in a civil union in the state of Vermont. At the time, their home state of Virginia did not recognize civil unions. In 2014, gay/lesbian marriage was legalized. In 2001, they reportedly made the decision to become parents. Aided by sperm by an anonymous donor, Lisa conceived Isabella. Janet never legally adopted her.

Lisa Ann Miller is a Caucasian female. She was born on September 6, 1968. At the time of Isabella’s disappearance, Lisa was 41 years old. Her current age is 49 years old. She is described as 5’2″ and 160 pounds. Her hair and eyes are brown. Reportedly, Lisa may use Sarah as a first name.

Find Missing Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins! (Part 1)
Backstory

Reportedly, the family moved to Fair Haven, Vermont. They did this four months after Isabella was born. Lisa received fertility treatments in the pursuit of a second child. However, she was unable to conceive. The couple reportedly were members of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. In 2003, Lisa and Janet ended their relationship on friendly terms. Reportedly, Lisa filed to dissolve the civil union in November of that year. And she moved back to Virginia with Isabella. The women has an informal agreement. It was about Janet having to pay child support. And it included regular visitation rights for Janet.

Find Missing Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins! (Part 1)
Separation

Reportedly, Janet Jenkins and Lisa Miller eventually stopped cooperating. They stopped this after Lisa reportedly the Thomas Road Baptist Church. It is a conservative congregation. Evangelist Jerry Falwell founded this church body. Reportedly, it was then that Lisa renounced her homosexuality. She now believes that homosexuality is a sin. Judge William Cohen in Vermont reportedly dissolved the couple’s civil union in 2004. Then, he gave custody of Isabella to Lisa and “liberal visitation” to Janet. Lisa reportedly refused Janet access to Isabella. She felt that Janet was not the child’s “mother” bur rather a “friend.”

Find Missing Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins! (Part 1)
Accuastions

Lisa Miller reportedly testified that Janet Jenkins was an abusive partner. And she meant both physically and emotionally. She also alleged that Janet sexually abused Isabella. Lisa claimed that Janet’s visits with with Isabella had triggered behavior problems in the child. They included bed wetting, nightmares and threats to commit suicide. Reportedly, Janet denied these allegations under oath. And Virginia’s Child Protective Services deemed the abuse accusations unfounded. Judge Cohen fined Lisa $25 for every day she refused to let Janet see Isabella. And he made the ruling retroactive.

Find Missing Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins! (Part 1)
In the Courts

Lisa quickly accumulated thousands of dollars in fines. She reportedly fought the case up the the state supreme court of Vermont. It decided against her, ruling that Janet was Isabella’s legal parent. And the case was the same as any custody dispute between heterosexual parents. Lisa then tried to change jurisdiction to Virginia. The lower courts sided with her. But the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled that Vermont had jurisdiction. The United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

Find Missing Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins! (Part 1)
New Charges

Judge Cohen reportedly gave Lisa Miller 30 days to comply with the ruling. Then they found her in contempt of court and issued a felony warrant for her arrest. Her charges were kidnapping. In April 2011, Timothy David “Timo” Miller (not related to Lisa) was arrested in Alexandria, Virginia. He was charged with aiding and abetting Lisa’s and Isabella’s flight. He was a Mennonite missionary in Nicaragua.
Authorities believed that he helped Lisa and Isabella leave the United States. And he helped them move to a “safe house” in Nicaragua’s capital city of Managua.

Isabella’s story and the controversies surrounding it are so involved that it deserves two parts. Her story continues in Part Two.
Click here to read part 2.

Find Missing Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins! (Part 1)
Appeal

No one can deny the controversies surrounding this case. It involves lesbian/gay/transgender/bisexual/questioning (LGBTQ) issues. Isabella’s case involves sexual orientation marriage equality in contrast to religious liberty. To a lesser (it seems to me), it involves the controversies surrounding infertility treatments. The issues surrounding Isabella’s case are thorny moral issues. But neither Lisa or Janet are together, and Isabella cannot be with both of them because of the circumstances. For the purpose of solving Isabella’s disappearance, she needs to returned to her home country. She is a United States citizen. Parental abduction is a crime. Someone (s) knows where Isabella is now.

Depending on our worldviews, we may differ on which woman Isabella should end up with. But she needs to be found. She is considered missing. Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins? Do you know where Lisa Ann Miller is? If you have even a piece of information, your tip can help investigators solve Isabella’s disappearance.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Bedford County Sheriff’s Office
540-586-7827
OR 9-1-1
OR your local police.
OR National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678.

Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins has a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children poster. Click here to view it.

The above information and information can be found on Isabella’s Ruth Miller-Jenkins’ Charley Project Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.

The top image is courtesy of the GINA Missing Persons Foundation and can be Found here.

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