Jessica Janai Pratt remains missing, but as of Feb. 14, 2013 members of her family have escalated search efforts to the next level. They are now seeking donations to assist in the search for the missing Des Moines woman -- but some of the fund will also go to support the children she left behind before venturing to New Orleans to work in gentleman's clubs during Mardi Gras. Meanwhile, her brother is in New Orleans searching for her, but it doesn't seem like there is any progress to report in his search.
Jessica Pratt vanished after traveling from Des Moines to New Orleans where she intended on working in gentleman's clubs. However, she never got to work and her loved ones fear that she had been drinking -- which in her poor health is potentially dangerous. At least two of her loved ones have expressed the sentiment that she might have met some kind of demise either by accident or foul play as covered in this Gather News article. So it doesn't look like there is going to be a happy ending in this case.
It was also reported that some belongings believed to belong to the missing woman were left behind in a New Orleans motel room. However it hasn't been confirmed as to whether or not these items belonged to Jessica. This is just a sad and mysterious case all around and it's understandable that the family needs donations to keep things going.
According to the "Missing Help find Jessica Pratt" Facebook page (linked in first paragraph), donations can be made out to Josh Pratt (Jessica's brother) at the Des Moines United Service Credit Union. However, they are working on setting up a Paypal account so people can donate online. The missing woman's loved ones expressed that they don't want negative comments for requesting donations, and they're right for doing so. It's important to consider that this woman left behind children who now need to be cared for while the search for their mother continues. Meanwhile, resources for these searches are limited. If you don't want to donate, that's fine. Just keep the negative sentiments at a respectful distance while this family searches for their missing loved one.