Jordan Marie Aaron has been missing for two weeks, and although investigators are sure the seventh-grader is alive and left on her own accord, they are still pushing to find her and bring her home to a mother who dreads leaving the house, fearing she’ll miss her daughter’s phone call.
Kimberly Snyder, Jordan’s mother, last saw her daughter around 9 p.m. May 1 when she told her goodnight.
She said Jordan was getting ready for bed and that the family had spent an uneventful night together.
Snyder remembered that her daughter unloaded the dishwasher – one of her chores – and that Jordan gave her a hug and told her that she loved her.
The next morning when her mother went to wake Jordan up for school around 6 a.m., she was gone. Her bed had been made to look as if someone were sleeping in it (with blankets shoved underneath the covers), and her makeup and hair products were missing.
Investigators were called to the home immediately, and although foul play isn’t suspected, everyone involved is worried about the 13-year-old, and the common goal is to bring the teen home.
Jordan has been active on the Internet since her disappearance, but she has been using an alternate Facebook page she created prior to running away. On this page, she lists her age as 21.
Rumors around Cousins Middle School, where Jordan attended school, reportedly were that she was planning to leave with an older boyfriend.
However, according to Snyder, Jordan didn’t have a boyfriend, and if she did, it wasn’t someone she had ever met in person and was an online-only situation.
"We monitored her activities on the Internet," said Snyder. "If her grades dropped, her TV was taken away – typical discipline for a 13-year-old. I wasn’t a mother who would drop her off at the skating rink and leave; she didn’t go spend the night with friends unless we knew the parents.
"We thought we were doing everything we could; that’s the reason this came as a shock. We monitored her Internet [use], but we can’t monitor her friends at school, and that’s been the biggest issue."
NCSO Lead Investigator William Bowen said that many people Jordan may have been in contact with online have been contacted, and all leads have been followed up.
They believe Jordan is still in Georgia, in the Metro Atlanta area, and her information has been entered with the Georgia Crime Information Center and with Missing and Exploited Children.
Her missing flyer has been shared on Facebook hundreds of thousands of times, and Bowen said Jordan is aware her family and investigators are looking for her.
Her friends at Cousins Middle School have been questioned, but so far no one has admitted to knowing where she is or who she is with, though investigators believe some may know more than they are saying.
"Any information they have of where she could be [would help]," Bowen said. "She’s with somebody, and they need to let us know where she’s at. Her friends know something, but they haven’t come forward and told us yet."
Bowen stressed that if Jordan’s friends have told investigators they aren’t aware of her whereabouts when they in fact are, they won’t be in trouble for admitting that and telling investigators where to find the teen.
He urged parents of Jordan’s friends to speak with their children and try to help bring Jordan home.
"We just need to know where she is," he said.
If, for example, the parent of a friend is hiding her, and knows that she’s been reported missing, and is aware of her age, that parent could face legal charges.
"My concern is that it’s not a 13-year-old keeping her," said Snyder. "They don’t have the means to keep her. Somebody had to pick her up – she didn’t just walk away. … I just want to know that she’s safe. I always told my children that there is nothing they can do to stop me [from] loving them.
"She knows that. The door is always open; we’re just waiting for her. ... We just want her home. We love her and we want her home and we just want to know that she’s safe. It worries me that she could be with somebody that she trusts at the moment and tomorrow they could be a totally different person."
"She’s a child, and there are people in this world that are not nice, they’re evil, they’re bad," said NCSO Capt. Keith Crum. "We don’t want her to get into something much deeper than she ever thought possible."
Jordan recently had surgery on her ankles and, when she left, walked with a limp.
Snyder said the longer she is gone, the less likely it is that the limp will be there. She does have scars on the back side of each leg around the ankle area.
When she was last seen her hair was an auburn color – but that was almost washed out, according to Snyder.
Jordan’s natural hair color is dark brown, and she has blue eyes. She’s 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighs approximately 154 pounds.
"[My biggest fear is] that I’m never going to see her again," said Snyder, wiping her eyes. "I don’t sleep at night. I don’t eat, I can’t function. It’s like the rest of the world is gone."
Anyone with information on Jordan’s whereabouts or who she may be with is asked to contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 678-625-5007 or online at www.newtonsheriffga.org.
All tips can be given anonymously. Students also can speak with their teachers, administrators or school resource officers and the information will be relayed to the NCSO.