Murdered Montana Woman’s Family Still Hopes For Answers In Case
This year marked year 22 of a missing mother of two from Livingston, Montana. But the question is still lingering through the community and the state, "What happened to Sheila Jordan"?
Some may not be familiar with the quaint little town of Livingston, but it is a tight-knit Montana community. One of those towns that you see on TV where everyone knows everyone and you are constantly waving to the car passing by, regardless if you know the driver or not. So when something horrific happens, like a murder, it shakes the town and does not go forgotten.
Sheila Jordan was a mother of two and had been married for 7 years when her marriage came to an end. She was a local cashier at the local grocery store which she lived near as well.
Once August night, as Sheila had finished up her shift, she started her short walk home. That was the last time she was seen alive.
Sheila was found beaten to death with what appeared to have either been a knife or another sharp handheld tool and left to die in the street she walked after every shift. Just one block from work to home, this atrocious attack happened.
The obvious go-to for investigators was the ex-husband, Kevin Jordan. In many murders, the spouse is almost always interviewed right away. Kevin was cleared of all charges and was cleared as a suspect after he fully cooperated and gave permission to have his home and car searched, along with providing DNA samples. Kevin moved out of the Livingston area where he could start over and not be "mentally questioned" by the community.
Next on the list of people to interview, was Sheila's neighbor, John Payne, whom she had started dating after her divorce. He was also cleared of any involvement. The question of "who did it" still remained at large.
Police did mention that they thought Shelia knew the person who attacked her. A witness had stated that they saw Shelia speaking to a man in the street, on the night of her murder.
In 2015, the case was given another look after it being cold for the last 15 years. The lead investigator at that time said he was focusing on ONE person. Now who that person was, was never exposed.
After almost 23 years, there has to be someone who knows something. Maybe they were scared to say anything at the time of the murder, but you can still say something now. It's not too late to bring justice to this overdue Montana cold case.
cc: Montana Press, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Livingston Enterprise