Missing nanny's vehicle found; search continues for person of interest

Jennifer Lynn Fulford last seen Wednesday, Winter Park police say

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

WINTER PARK, Fla. - The vehicle of a missing nanny was found Thursday, according to Winter Park police, who continue to try to identify a person of interest in her disappearance.

Jennifer Lynn Fulford, 56, of Altamonte Springs, was last seen late Wednesday morning leaving her dentist's office in Winter Park.

Winter Park police said Fulflord, a wife, mother of two and grandmother, vanished "under suspicious circumstances."

Authorities said they found her vehicle, a gray 2015 Hyundai SUV, in Orange County. Police said Saturday afternoon that her vehicle had been processed and valuable evidence had been obtained.

Photos released by Winter Park police show a man accessing Fulfords’ bank account at an ATM. The man, identified by police as a person of interest, was seen wearing a Workout 32789 shirt in surveillance photos.

In a Facebook post, the gym posted: "The entire Workout 32789 family, employees and clients are praying for the speedy and safe return of Jennifer Lynn Fulford. The person of interest featured in the media photo has never been an employee or client of this studio. Our thoughts remain with Jennifer and her family."

Winter Park police said they have received between 40 and 50 tips about the person of interest, but still do not know his whereabouts or identity. 

"We are also following up on a lot tips that we have received on behalf of the individual who used Mrs. Fulford's ATM. That information has led to several leads and, as you can imagine, that takes a lot of time to follow up on each and every one of those, which we are doing and we would also encourage the public to provide us with information and leads to follow up on," Winter Park Police Chief Michael Deal said Friday afternoon.

Robert Fulford, Jennifer Fulford's husband, told News 6 that after he got home Wednesday evening, Altamonte Springs police came to his house to tell him that his wife's boss had reported her missing. Jennifer Fulford did not pick up a client's child from school, which was described as odd behavior for her.

"She never picked him up from school, and I haven't heard from her since. I can't get her on her cellphone. Her phone is off. She's not answering texts," Robert Fulford said. "She's the nicest lady, most responsible lady on the planet, and it's just not like her to disappear."

No other details have been released.

Anyone with information about Fulford's whereabouts is asked to call the Winter Park Police Department at 407-644-1313 or Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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