Almost a week after she was reported missing, EMT Lachelle Jordan, who vanished shortly before she was scheduled to testify in a rape case, has been found alive.
According to Cleveland police, Jordan was found on Thursday night at around 11 p.m. in the 16600 block of Euclid Avenue. She was transported to the Cleveland Clinic for medical care.
An employee at the Open Pantry store off East 166th Street and Euclid Avenue told NBC 3 News that Jordan visited the store late Thursday night and requested to use the phone. Security footage from the store showed Jordan using the phone to contact police.
Fox 8 reports that the store employee said the victim said that someone tried to kill her, adding that it appeared as if someone had tried to set her on fire.
A 911 call indicated that Jordan told police that someone kidnapped her. Her father, Joseph Jordan, told News 5 that police contacted him shortly after and told him she was alive.
“We’re all just happy,” Joseph Jordan said, adding that his daughter “looked to be okay, alert.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jordan was last seen in the 11000 block of Fairport Avenue in Cleveland, after going outside to get something out of her car and failing to return.
A family member said that Jordan was expected to give testimony in a rape case involving Michael Stennett, 65. He was charged in 2022 with two counts of rape and one count of abduction.
Court records obtained by Fox 8 indicated that Stennett, identified as an employee of the Cleveland Recreation Department when the rape accusations were made, allegedly followed Jordan while she was at work. Jordan reportedly worked at the recreation center part-time.
Jordan previously told police she also spotted Stennett outside of her residence on several occasions. Court records indicated that the most recent sighting of Stennett outside of Jordan’s home happened Thursday of last week.
Cleveland police said that at this time, there is no evidence that connects Stennett to Jordan’s disappearance. Family members, however, told police that someone fired a gunshot through Jordan’s window over the weekend.
Investigators suspect that the gunshot could have been a part of a continuous effort to intimidate her as a witness in the rape case involving Stennett
Police arrested Stennet on Monday afternoon, following Jordan’s disappearance, for felony probation violation.
Cleveland police are expecting to provide additional information “as it becomes available.”
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