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    Susan Anne Swedell (19) - Lake Elmo MN, 1988

    Susan Anne Swedell

    Endangered Missing

    Missing From: Lake Elmo, Minnesota

    Missing Since: January 19, 1988

    Age: 19 -- Height: 5'4" -- Weight: 100 lbs -- Hair Color: Sandy -- Eye Color: Hazel

    Susan's nickname is Sue. Her ears are pierced.

    Susan was last seen on January 19, 1988 as she left work at a Kmart in Oak Park Heights, bound for an evening of movies with her mother and sister at home in Lake Elmo. On the night of her disappearance, a snowy evening, she called her mom to let her know she planned on coming home.

    Later, a gas station clerk let her leave her overheated car at the gas station on the corner of Manning Avenue and Highway 5, a mile from home. When she walked out, she walked up to a man who was pumping gas. She talked to him for a few minutes and then got into his car. Witnesses described him as unshaven, tall with shoulder length, curly hair, well built and wearing a leather jacket.

    When Sue hadn't come home by late evening, her mom and sister called the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Deputies found her car at the gas station, which was closed. Sue's drivers license was found in her car. Thinking she may have tried to walk home -- in the midst of a storm that dumped 7.5 inches of snow on the metro area -- they searched roads and ditches.

    Investigators didn't learn she had left the gas station with a man until the next day. For a while they treated her as a runaway. A mechanic later told Sue's mother that the petcock on the radiator had been loosened somehow and the car had no water in it, so it overheated. As they investigated some of her acquaintances and learned her car had probably been tampered with, they came to suspect foul play.

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