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Rhodes and her boyfriend, Jason Rolle, went to Stump Beach in Sonoma County, California on February 1, 1998. They planned to spend the afternoon looking at tide pools. They were supposed to return home by early evening, but never arrived. Their families reported them missing the next day. Rolle's red Mazda was found in the beach parking lot, with personal items inside it. Authorities believe Rhodes and Rolle were swept out to sea and drowned. A three-day search of the ocean turned up no sign of them or their bodies, however. Their families held memorial services for them a month after they vanished.
Rhodes lived in Guerneville, California at the time of her disappearance. She and Rolle were both students at Santa Rosa Junior College in 1998. They had been dating for about two years. Rolle was studying biology and chemistry, and Rhodes was in the nursing program. She volunteered at a hospital and worked full-time at a school supply store. Their bodies have never been found.
Sonoma Sheriff's Department