Three years into the search for missing Cullman County resident Jordan Wilson, law enforcement agencies in Cullman and neighboring Walker County are uniting in a new coordinated effort to bring an end to the long-unsolved case.
Officers from both the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office gathered Tuesday to inform the public of their newly-established partnership, a result of recent information sharing between the two agencies that, said Cullman County sheriff Matt Gentry, demonstrated to officers on both sides that pooling their efforts could help more speedily resolve the long-stagnant investigation.
“If you put this many law enforcement officers together working with the family; working w the community, this is solvable,” he said. “We’ll do whatever it takes to give a conclusion to the family.
“We’re not only working together as law enforcement agencies; we’re also asking for your help; the public’s help. I’m 110 percent sure that somebody knows the truth — and that’s all we’re after. This is a good time for me to stress: If anyone has any information about Ms. Wilson’s disappearance, all they have to do is call the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office; the Walker County Sheriff’s Office. If you’re scared to speak on the record, please — reach out to us anonymously. We will work with you.”
As part of the new partnership, Wilson’s case will be handled in Cullman County by investigator Phillip Harris, and in Walker County by investigator Carl Carpenter. Both agencies say the renewed focus on Wilson’s disappearance comes at a time when new information has turned up — though neither described recent developments as marking a major turning point in the case. “There’s not a break, but we are following up on some leads,” said Gentry.
A resident of the Bremen area in southwestern Cullman County, Wilson was 32 at the time of her disappearance. She was last seen near Bug Tussle in Cullman County in her car, a Kia Sorento that investigators later discovered unattended several miles away in neighboring Walker County.
Smith said law enforcement continues to suspect foul play in Wilson’s disappearance — which means, he stressed, that someone in the area knows what happened to her.
“Somebody out there knows the truth,” he said. “We just want to get answers for the family, ultimately. And I feel that, with assistance from the public, we’ll be able to make some headway in this case.”
There remains a $10,000 reward for information that could lead law enforcement to a break in the case. If you wish to share information about Wilson’s disappearance either on the record or anonymously, contact Phillip Harris at the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office at 256-734-0342; or Carl Carpenter at the Walker County Sheriff’s Office at 205-302-6464.
Benjamin Bullard can be reached by phone at 256-734-2131 ext. 145.