TAMPA — The last time anyone heard from Susan Jordan was an afternoon phone conversation with her sister six days ago.
The 57-year-old divorcee is described by her family as a homebody who doesn't drive because of her glaucoma, and preferred to spend her time doing crosswords, knitting and enjoying visits from her 5-year-old grandson. "She would catch the 30 Route bus when she needed something like groceries or to go to CVS, but other than that she spent a lot of time at home," said her daughter, Stephanie Randall of Tampa.
So when her son David Jordan couldn't reach her on Friday, he was alarmed enough to call Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies and report her missing.
They found her door unlocked and Jordan gone, son-in-law Gregory Randall said.
Equally worrisome, investigators say Jordan's purse and cell phone were still in her home at Bridgeview Apartments — two personal belongings one might assume are important for someone who depends upon bus service to get basic necessities.
Stephanie Randall and her brother have been to their mother's unit at 5305 Reflections Club Drive, in several times since she disappeared, and everything seems to be in its place. "Nothing was missing that we could tell," she said.
The Chicago native, a former office worker, moved to Florida in 2001 to be closer to her children and grandson, Randall said.
She moved into Bridgeview, a quiet complex enclosed by trees, with an entrance sandwiched between a Jiffy Lube and an All Tune and Lube on Hillsborough Avenue near Hanley Road, more than two years ago.
Jordan's next-door neighbor, Millie Pereyra, said she often used to come out of her apartment and find her very polite acquaintance sitting on the steps adjacent to her front door smoking. "We would talk about things and sometimes she would go for walks with me," said the 86-year-old widow.
The last time she saw Jordan she was smoking and talking on the phone outside her door more than a week ago.
The only visitors Pereyra ever saw were Jordan's son, David, and her 5-year-old grandson.
"She used to take him to the pool," Pereyra said while pointing at the gate a stone's throw away from her front door.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Susan Jordan is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.
Robbyn Mitchell can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3373.