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Missing a month, Town 'N Country woman calls her family from Savannah

TAMPA — More than a month after a Town 'N Country woman disappeared from her apartment — leaving everything behind, including her wallet and purse — authorities say she contacted her family Saturday to tell them she is alive and in Savannah, Ga.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that it has closed its missing person's case on 57-year-old Susan Jordan.

Jordan was reported missing by her son, David, on May 8 after he went to her home in the Bridgeview Apartments at 5305 Reflection Club Drive and found the door unlocked and all of her things where she left them, according to the Sheriff's Office.

He told investigators his mother was a homebody who didn't drive, work or have lots of friends.

She also had been diagnosed with glaucoma, said Stephanie Randall, her daughter.

Neighbors said that her only visitors were her children and 5-year-old grandson, whom she would take to the pool a stone's throw from her front door.

Her sudden disappearance baffled everyone.

Deputies searched nearby woods and a pond behind her apartment and put fliers in local businesses in hopes of finding the divorced mother of two.

During the investigation, detectives discovered Jordan bought a bus ticket under the name "Debbie Kelly" four days before she disappeared.

Surveillance tapes captured video of the woman taking the HART bus from her apartment complex to the downtown Tampa Greyhound terminal to purchase the ticket.

Then after she talked to a relative at 4:30 p.m. May 7, she donned a wig and blue scarf and took a Greyhound to Orlando at 10:50 p.m.

In Orlando, she went to a bus station restroom in the wig and scarf and came out in a pink hat, investigators said.

Then she boarded the bus again, bound for Tallahassee, with stops in Jacksonville and Lake City. When she arrived in the state capital, another surveillance camera captured the last image investigators found of her, at 9:15 a.m. on May 8.

There were no warrants for her arrest and deputies couldn't locate anyone the grandmother would call an enemy, a sheriff's spokesman said in a previous interview.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Vida Morgan said Jordan's family didn't release any more information other than that she called and said she was in Georgia.

Robbyn Mitchell can be reached at (813) 226-3373 or

Missing a month, Town 'N Country woman calls her family from Savannah 06/23/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 9:29pm]
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