Janeth Ann Rowe disappeared on a cold, rainy day.

The 50-year-old widow had been laid off from her job at Mobil eight months earlier and had taken a job at a Washington consulting company. She had was living with her daughter, Lisa Rowe, and her daughter's boyfriend on the 12000 block of Alton Square in Herndon.

Herndon police would like to talk to anybody with information that can help solve this mystery.

Rowe would be 65 today. The last time anyone saw her was March 2, 1997, at her condominium, authorities said. Her daughter called police the next day to say she was unable to locate her mother.

Janeth Rowe couldn't have gone far because she had an injured leg that made walking difficult, police said.

Investigators searched the area and found no signs of a struggle or theft. Rowe's car was still parked in the garage and all her belongings had been left behind.

Police turned to the FBI for assistance and entered Rowe's information into a national database for missing persons whose disappearance involves a strong possibility of foul play.

Rowe was born Feb. 17, 1947. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 170 pounds when last seen. She has hazel eyes, and her shoulder-length hair was straight and brown at the time of her disappearance.

Anyone with information can call Herndon police at 703-435-6881, extension 2332.