Unable to explain Elliott’s absence, Rowe decided to contact the police and at around 1:30 a.m., she reported her daughter missing. Soon, a police supervisor arrived on the scene. However, they could find no trace of the missing woman.
Increasingly worried about her daughter, Rowe took matters into her own hands. With the help of a neighbor, she began scouring the vicinity for any sign of Elliott. Then, in a nearby alleyway, Rowe noticed a strange sound. Speaking to local news channel WCPO, she described the noise as sounding like pecking.
Rowe said she wondered if the sound had been made by a cat – but she then apparently realized that the noise was coming from a shed on a neighbor’s property. She began banging on its side and then called out. “Jennifer, if you’re in there, peck again so that we know you’re in there,” she recalled saying. “We will get you out.”