The search for a 78-year-old woman missing for more than three weeks is winding down along with hope that she will be found alive.
Carolyn Jordan was last seen in Erath County on June 24 after leaving the home of her friend of 50 years, Hazel Moss, to head back to her San Antonio home. The women had just returned to Texas after a weeklong vacation in Durango, Colo.
Moss told reporters last week that Jordan appeared to be fine when she left her home about 9 a.m. that Sunday morning to head back to San Antonio.
But that’s the last time anyone with certainty has seen Jordan alive.
Last week, Texas EquuSearch became involved in the investigation, and on Sunday, more than 100 people searched for Jordan on foot and on horseback all the way from Lipan to San Antonio.
Cindy Wisdom, case manager for EquuSearch, said searchers combed the area 150- feet off the roadway and searched a river near Hamilton.
“We found no sign of Ms. Jordan whatsoever,” Wisdom said.
Jordan’s daughter, Julie Daye of Philadelphia, said that although her mother was healthy and fully competent before she disappeared, she fears she may have had some type of stroke that left her disoriented.
“This is very confusing to us,” Daye said. “We have no idea what could have happened to her.”
Several days after Jordan disappeared, an Erath County man claimed to have seen her at a gas station.
“Apparently she asked him for directions and told him she was trying to get to Patillo,” Wisdom said. “The man said she appeared to be spry and healthy, but didn’t know where she was.”
On Monday, the search for Jordan was temporarily halted, Wisdom said. She said there has been no credit card or cell phone activity on Jordan’s accounts since she disappeared, which is raising concern that she won’t be found alive.
“If she’s still out there, she’s surviving some other way - we just don’t know how,” Wisdom said. “At this point, it’s not likely that we’ll find her alive and our concern is that with all the recent flooding she might be in a body of water somewhere and we’ll never find her.”
Anyone with information about Jordan should call EquuSearch toll free at 877-270-9500 or the Erath County Sheriff’s Office at 254-965-3338.
Sara Vanden Berge covers courts, law enforcement, and business and political issues for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her work number is 968-2379, ext. 240.