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    MN - Susan Swedell, 19, Lake Elmo, 19 Jan 1988

    http://www.startribune.com/local/east/13842956.html

    17 Jan 08

    Twenty years ago this week, 19-year-old Susan Swedell of Lake Elmo walked out of a gas station, got into a car with a man and disappeared.

    Her family is asking that everyone light a candle on Swedell's behalf and remember not only her, but other missing people as well.

    Swedell was last seen on Jan. 19, 1988, at a gas station about a mile from her home.

    Employed by Kmart in Oak Park Heights, Swedell frequently received calls at work from a man she called "Dale." On the night she disappeared, she called her mother from work and said she was heading home to watch a movie.

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    Susan Anne Swedell Missing Since: January 19, 1988 from Lake Elmo, Minnesota

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    Missing Since: January 19, 1988 from Lake Elmo, Minnesota
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: February 13, 1968
    Age: 19 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'4, 100 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Sandy brown hair, hazel eyes. Swedell's ears are pierced. Her nickname is Sue. She has had extensive dental work.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A short skirt, a winter jacket and earrings.

    Details of Disappearance

    Swedell was employed at the K-Mart retail store in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota in 1988. She phoned her family members from work at 4:00 p.m. on January 19, 1988. Swedell said that she planned to go straight home after her shift ended to watch a movie. She changed into a short skirt before she departed from work, which was considered odd due to the snowy conditions at the time.

    Swedell's vehicle overheated during her drive to her residence. She stopped at a gasoline station at the corner of Manning Avenue and Highway 5, approximately one mile from her home in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. The attendant allowed Swedell to park her car at the establishment. The employee told authorities that she entered a vehicle driven by an unidentified male shortly afterwards. The man appeared to have been waiting for Swedell near the station. He is described as having shoulder-length curly hair and a well-built physique. The witness said that the man was tall and was unshaven. The individual was wearing a leather jacket at the time Swedell entered his car. She never returned home and has not been heard from again.

    When authorities searched Swedell's car, they found her driver's license inside it. Swedell's mother drove the vehicle to a repair shop. Mechanics discovered the petcock on the radiator had been loosened, and the car had no water in it, which explains why it overheated. Investigator theorized someone loosened the petcock deliberately and followed Swedell's car, waiting for it to malfunction so they could offer her a ride.

    Swedell's mother believes her daughter came back to their apartment a few days after her disappearance. She stated there was an odor of cigarette smoke in the residence and dirty dishes in the sink. The red pantsuit Swedell had been wearing on the day of her disappearance, before she changed into her skirt, was found balled up on her bed. There was no sign of Swedell herself at the home, however, and it is unclear whether she was ever actually there.

    Swedell attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls for a semester after she graduated Stillwater High School, but she decided she was not ready to live away from home and returned to live with her mother and younger sister. She worked two jobs at the time of her disappearance, and was active at Christ Lutheran Church. Her loved ones reported that she had been receiving telephone calls at work from a man named Dale in 1989. It is not known if the person is connected to her disappearance.

    Authorities detected activity on Swedell's Social Security number in 2006, but it turned out to be a case of identity theft. Foul play is suspected in Swedell's case.

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...ell_susan.html

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    In the third paragraph from the bottom it says a few days after the disappearance there was an odor of cigarette smoke in the residence and dirty dishes in the sink. The red pantsuit Swedell had been wearing on the day of her disappearance....

    How unusual. Most abductors do not allow the victim to return home.

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    Suggesting that she wasn't abducted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meggilyweggily View Post
    Suggesting that she wasn't abducted.
    I guess so but the disappearance sure seems like she was targeted by someone. I wonder if anything was missing form the home that she could have gone back to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollywoodBound View Post
    I guess so but the disappearance sure seems like she was targeted by someone. I wonder if anything was missing form the home that she could have gone back to get.
    Maybe it was her abducter returning to dispose of or even pick up any evidence he could have left. Maybe she had been stalked or her house had been vandalized prior to her abduction by this person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newshound81 View Post
    Maybe it was her abducter returning to dispose of or even pick up any evidence he could have left. Maybe she had been stalked or her house had been vandalized prior to her abduction by this person.
    I tend to agree that it was her abductor that returned to the house.

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    Why..

    Didn't they dust for prints at the apartment? Do testing on the pants?

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    Here is a link to a UID found in NY on Feb. 14, 1988. Very close in height, weight, eye color, hair. I did not want to post the photo as I don't know how to do a graphic warning. This UID was created in Namus on May 3rd and modified on May 15th. Dentals have not been entered yet.


    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/10229

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    Wow! LucyOso did you submit this possible match to LE? She is a good physical match (weight and height are in range and eye color matches) The timing is only approx. one month from her dissapearance as well. I think you should definitely submit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by traacker13 View Post
    Wow! LucyOso did you submit this possible match to LE? She is a good physical match (weight and height are in range and eye color matches) The timing is only approx. one month from her dissapearance as well. I think you should definitely submit.
    I don't know how to submit...LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meggilyweggily View Post
    Suggesting that she wasn't abducted.
    I agree. It is possible she got into a relationship that was way over her head. He may have been controlling and abusive. The UID I posted above would make sense in that case. Many cases of domestic violence occur on Valentine's Day.

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    I submitted this today via email...

    Good morning Elayne,

    I am an amateur sleuther who was searching for missing persons who may match the Jane Doe found in Westchester County, New York on February 14, 1988.
    Jane Doe is Namus case # MEW 88-410. I found Susan Anne Swedell missing since January 19, 1988 from Lake Elmo, Minnesota who may match the vital statistics of Jane Doe .
    Please see the comparison below:

    Susan's vitals in comparison:

    Vital Statistics

    * Approximate Height: Susan: 5'4, 100 pounds and Jane Doe: 5'3, 105
    * Distinguishing Characteristics: Susan: Sandy brown hair, Hazel eyes, ears pierced and Jane Doe: Light brown hair, Hazel eys, pierced ears
    * Estimated post-mortem interval: Susan disappeared in January and Jane Doe was found in February. Susan's disappearance may have been related to a man she was seeing at the time. Jane Doe's death occurring on Valentine's day, suggesting intimate partner violence.
    * Age range: Susan 19 years old and Jane Doe ages 18-30

    Susan's case is NamUs MP #335. The link is below along with Jane Doe's NamUs profile. I also included a link from the Charley Project as it has more details about Susan's disappearance.


    IdentifyUs https://identifyus.org/en/cases/10229
    NamUs https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/335/0/
    Charley Project http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...ell_susan.html

    Thank you for your time and consideration. If she has been ruled out, I do apologize.

    Sincerely,
    Real name

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