Cleveland EMT Lachelle Jordan found alive, says kidnappers ‘tried to burn her alive’
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The father of missing Cleveland EMT Lachelle Jordan told 19 News early Friday morning that his daughter was found alive in the Collinwood neighborhood.
Joseph Jordan told 19 News that Jordan is talking with investigators about her case.
An investigation is underway, according to Cleveland police, and Jordan is being checked out at a hospital.
Surveillance video footage from a convenience store shows Jordan in a white shirt walking in around midnight.
“She looked nervous, very tired, and like someone [fought] with her,” the store clerk told 19 News. “She says someone tried to kill her.”
She reportedly asked the clerk for a cellphone, and he said she called 911 for help.
The clerk said Jordan’s shirt was ripped and looked as though it had been burned.
Dispatch audio revealed Jordan told first responders that she ran away from her kidnappers, who tried to burn her alive.
Authorities told a dispatcher “You’re never going to believe this, we just got a call from Lachelle Jordan... She said that she ran away from the people that kidnapped her and they tried to burn her alive.”
The Open Pantry convenience store is located at 16625 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland EMS Union President Mark Barrett sent the following statement to 19 News:
“We are happy she’s been found alive and safe. We ask that she be given time to heal. We remain ready to support her and her family any way we can.”
The 30-year-old mother of two was missing for five-and-a-half days. Jordan was last seen the night of May 6 in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood.
Jordan’s twin sister previously told 19 News shots were fired earlier that morning at a window in the home they occupy together.
Jordan is expected to testify in a rape case involving 65-year-old Michael Stennett, who was arrested Monday on charges of violating a protection order while committing a felony and menacing by stalking.
Cleveland Police said Tuesday that there is no information connecting him to this missing person case at this time.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office shared the following statement Friday: “We are elated that Ms. Jordan has been found safe. The pre-trial originally set for May 8 has been continued to May 30. All further questions will have to be directed to the Cleveland Division of Police.”
More information will be made available later Friday, according to police.
This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.
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