More than 40 volunteers, including off-duty deputies, detectives and EMS, search for missing woman

Richard Thomas

CULLMAN – The family of missing woman Jordan Lee Wilson received an outpouring of support this past weekend from more than 40 volunteers who traveled from throughout the country to join several off-duty Cullman County Sheriff’s Office deputies in their efforts to find Wilson.

The volunteers, brought together by Community United Efforts (CUE) Center for Missing Persons, traveled along with K-9 units and divers, from Illinois, Kansas, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and Georgia.

Locally, CCSO Deputies Brett Holmes, Phillip Harris, Brian Shadowens, Ryan Hogeland and Kelly Allen lent their expertise and joined the search during their off-time from the department.

Nicole Wright, Wilson’s sister, shared her family’s gratitude for the deputies’ help and unwavering support during the past 12 weeks since Wilson’s disappearance.

“We hear so many bad stories about the police, but they’ve helped us so much trying to find Jordan. I think everybody needs to know that. We are really grateful for them and all of their hard work on my sister’s disappearance.”

The 45 volunteers worked diligently with the K-9s in heavily wooded, thick areas, along the banks and in the water searching for any remains.

“They covered some ground and that’s a part of the process. They looked into some areas they’ve been wanting to search better. There were divers and cadaver dogs looking for my sister. Sheriff Matt Gentry has helped so much since Jordan went missing and he made sure they had everything they needed this weekend.”

Wilson, 32, was last seen in the Bremen and Bug Tussle area on May 15 driving a newer model Kia Sorento. Her vehicle was later found abandoned seven miles away near Busby Lane and Campbellville Road near the Walker County line. Wilson’s purse was left in the SUV and foul play is the suspected cause of her disappearance according to Wright.

“Detective Ronnie Melton has gone out of his way to help our family. It was his off weekend and he even helped out. He prepared the food that we fed the people this weekend. We had two Cullman EMS employees, Jessie Oliver and Jake Chumley, come out and helped us this weekend. All of these people came out this weekend to help find Jordan and it was so hot but they were here in the hot sun helping us out. You know, CUE pays for the training of the volunteers and the dogs, but the volunteers pay for their own hotels and gas to get here. Our family is just so thankful for all of these people and their hard work this weekend.”

If you have any information of Wilson’s disappearance or location, contact the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office at 256-734-0342.




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