MISSING AUTISTIC CHILD
- BSO Case Number: PB02-02-04118
- PIO Number: 02-2-14
- Date: February 10, 2002
- Time: 0949
- Place of Occurrence: 1524 NW 7 Terrace, Pompano Beach
- Jordan Payne, 5, 3/25/96, male, 1524 NW 7 Terrace, Pompano Beach
Description of Incident:
The Broward Sheriff’s Office conducted a massive search most of Sunday in the hopes of locating a Pompano Beach boy who is autistic and may have wandered off from his great-grandmother’s home.
BSO deputies, detectives, divers and members of the South Florida Search and Rescue Team saturated the area near the 1500 block of NW 7 Terrace by ground and air after Jordan Payne’s great-grandmother and father, Tommie Payne, notified the BSO that Jordan was missing. The BSO helicopter searched by air while K-9 from BSO and the South Florida Search Team canvassed the ground. Members from BSO’s Dive Team searched a canal. 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.
Jordan is a black male, about four feet tall and approximately 55 pounds. He has short-cropped hair and may be wearing a light blue, short sleeve shirt with thin red horizontal stripes and a collar with blue cotton shorts and no shoes. Jordan lacks verbal skills and communicates by using hand gestures. Jordan is also without the medication he takes four times a day that keeps him calm and from having seizures.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Jordan Payne is urged to call the BSO Pompano Beach Office at (954) 786-4200 or call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS. If you have reason to believe that Jordan is in immediate danger call 911.
- INVESTIGATORS: Lt. Adkins and Sgt. Schnakenberg, Dist. 11
- THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO February 10, 2002 2220
- Photo of Jordan - Jordan Payne