Two Webster County women have been reported missing

‘We just want our kids home,’ mother says

-Submitted photo A 2006 silver Pontiac Montana with Indiana license plate 193 ETI is associated with the missing persons case of Jessica Lyne Gomez (also known as Jessica Ebner) and Mackenzie Lee Knigge. The van pictured is not the actual vehicle.

CLARE — Two women from Webster County have been reported as missing, the Webster County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed.

Authorities are looking for Jessica Lyne Gomez, also known as Jessica Ebner, 26, of Fort Dodge, and Mackenzie Lee Knigge, 26, of Clare.

Lori Rial is the mother of Knigge.

According to Rial, she last saw her daughter Saturday night.

“The last time I saw her was 7 p.m. Saturday night,” Rial said. “I dropped her off at her apartment.”

Mackenzie Knigge

After receiving what Rial called “strange text messages and phone calls,” she went back to her daughter’s apartment in Clare to check on Knigge.

“When I went to check on her, she wasn’t home,” Rial said. “Things looked suspicious, so I called the sheriff.”

Rial said she just wants her daughter back home.

“They found her friend’s car, so Jessica and Mackenzie are both missing,” Rial said. “We don’t know where they are at, if they are hurt, injured, dead, alive, we just want our kids home.”

“Her family wants her home,” she added. “Her sisters, her dad, stepmom, grandma, we all want her home.”

Jessica Gomez

Jacqui McCollum, the grandmother of Gomez, issued a plea for the missing woman to contact her family.

“If she’s out there and if she’s able to contact somebody just to let us know she’s alright, she needs to do it,” McCollum said. “Even if it’s just a text message.”

“We have no idea where she is,” McCollum added “Everybody’s missing her.”

She described Gomez and Knigge as “best friends.”

Gomez is the mother of three children, her grandmother said.

McCollum declined to say anything about the specifics of the situation, but she did say that agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation have contacted the family.

Gomez is a white woman with blue eyes. She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs about 195 pounds. The last contact with Gomez was reported the night of Aug. 4, according to the Webster County Sheriff’s Department.

Knigge is a white woman with blue eyes. She is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. Knigge was last seen the night of Aug. 5.

Investigators are also looking for a 2006 silver Pontiac Montana in connection with the case. It has an Indiana license plate with 193 ETI on it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Webster County Sheriff’s Department at 573-1410 or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be sent online at or by texting “LEC” and the tip to 274637.

The Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Dodge Police Department, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating.