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MISSING AUTISTIC CHILD FOUND FLOATING IN CANAL

BSO Case Number: PB02-02-04118 (UPDATED)
PIO Number: 02-2-15
Date: February 10, 2002
Time: 0949
Place of Occurrence: 1524 NW 7 Terrace, Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • Jordan Payne, 5, 3/25/96, male, 1524 NW 7 Terrace, Pompano Beach (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

Description of Incident:

An extensive search by the Broward Sheriff’s Office came to a tragic end Monday morning when the body of a Pompano Beach boy, who was autistic, was discovered in a canal not far from his great-grandmother’s house.

At approximately, 7:50 a.m., a BSO helicopter pilot spotted the body of Jordan Payne still clothed in the shirt and shorts he was last seen wearing. Jordan’s body was floating in a canal just west of the Canal Pointe housing development where Willa Richardson and Jordan’s father, Tommie Payne, lived. BSO divers removed his body about 9:30 a.m. The Broward Medical Examiner Office will conduct an autopsy sometime Tuesday to officially determine the cause and manner of death. As in all unnatural deaths, the Broward Sheriff’s Homicide Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding this case.

All day Sunday, BSO deputies, detectives, divers and members of the Florida Special Response Team A saturated the area near the 1500 block of NW 7 Terrace by ground and air after Richardson and Jordan’s father notified the BSO that Jordan was missing. The BSO helicopter searched by air while K-9 from BSO and the Florida Special Response Team A canvassed the ground. Members from BSO’s Dive Team concentrated their efforts in the canal, not far from Richardson’s home, after BSO’s bloodhound and two other search dogs alerted investigators to the area. Flyers were given to residents and motorists traveling in the area. Investigators activated the “Child is Missing” automated phone system to notify residents in the area of Jordan’s disappearance. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was also notified along with the FBI.

Earlier in the day, relatives told detectives that Jordan and his cousins went to bed about 9 p.m. Saturday. Jordan’s great-grandmother, Willa Richardson, checked on the youngsters around 11 p.m. and found them asleep and accounted for. Richardson recalls getting up approximately 6:30 Sunday morning to make coffee and prepare to go to church. When she went to check on the children between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m., Jordan was missing. The family searched for Jordan for a couple of hours before contacting the Sheriff’s Office.

INVESTIGATORS: Lt. Adkins, Dist. 11
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

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