LAS VEGAS -- The family of missing Kentucky woman Jena Chisholm is feeling hopeful since the 20-year-old went missing two weeks ago.
Metro Police confirm the missing woman was spotted on the Las Vegas Strip Thursday night. Chisholm's family is relieved to know Las Vegas is a solid starting point in the journey to bring Jena back home.
According to Tim Chisholm, Jena's father, she was seen in an area near The Quad and The Linq around 10 p.m. Thursday night. Her car was also found overnight at the Siegel Suites on Cambridge Street and Twain Avenue, but there was no sign of her.
"That's what we've been waiting for since the 19th of December basically," Tim Chisholm said.
In a Skype interview from Kentucky, Tim Chisholm explained he now has hope his daughter is alive.
"Last night around 10 p.m., Jena and a gentleman were at or near the construction area around The Quad and security had stopped them," he said.
He added, his daughter was with a man who appeared to be homeless and she was stopped by security.
"They stopped them, Jena had produced her Kentucky drivers license. They said that the person producing the drivers license matched the description on that," Tim Chisholm said.
Security didn't know the woman was missing at the time they stopped her. The Jena seen in pictures that have spread on social media may not be as recognizable, her father said.
"They said she was wearing a sock hat, so basically a beanie-type hat that was pulled down. She had on a large dark winter coat that was sort of pulled up with gloves."
Metro Police do not believe Jena is in any danger. Her family cannot understand why she left home and vanished.
"I'm not sure what is going on, at this point. I do know that the Jena of three months ago would never be doing what she's doing. I honestly don't understand what she's doing," Tim Chisholm said.
In the meantime, her dog, Chamber, who was abandoned Monday at a motel near Mandalay Bay, will be flown back to Kentucky.
For now, family members hope the public keeps looking for Jena.
"I feel like we're really close. So if everybody can keep it up for a little longer, hopefully we'll be bringing her home soon," said Tina Chisholm, Jena's mother.
"We just want to take this time to thank all the people that have responded to us and are willing to help. The positive sighting of Jena is giving us hope, and although, she is 20 years old, we are still very worried about her safety. It is because of wonderful people like you that we believe we can find her and bring her home. So, thank you, thank you, thank you. We cannot say that enough. Please keep sharing and posting. LET'S #FindJena"