Posted: Sep 12, 2012 5:13 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Sep 12, 2012 5:39 PM
The Abbeville Police Department is asking for the FBI's assistance in investigating the murder of an elderly woman. Four months ago, 71-year-old Rita Jordan was found stabbed to death inside her Abbeville home. She had been babysitting her one-year-old great grandchild. Police believe she tried to fight off her attacker. Nothing was taken from the home. No arrests have been made.
Lt. David Hardy is hoping the FBI can bring fresh ideas to the investigation. He says the Rita Jordan case has not gone cold, but so far, all leads in the case have reached a dead end.
"It's frustrating in that the public is still alerted and they want to know what happened, as do we," said Lt. Hardy.
Abbeville Police are gathering details in the case and forwarding it to the FBI. The Federal Bureau will then review the details and decide whether they should assist. Hardy says the FBI won't take over the case, they'll simply lend a hand.
"That is our number one priority. It is something we look at every day. We compare every other case to it," said Lt. Hardy.
The neighborhood is still shaken up with Jordan's murder. Neighbors say, they just don't feel safe anymore.
"It's been very scary for everyone because we don't know what's going. She was such a sweet lady," said Amanda Ransonet.
"It hasn't been the same. When you pass, the first thing you do is look at her house and you usually see her there and now you don't," said Bridget Levy.
Levy was Jordan's friend and would often sit outside and talk with her. Levy says it's hard to see Jordan's house boarded up and her garden wilting. Levy hopes to get answers soon.
"Why would someone want to go in and kill her? A cold-blooded killer to just leave her there dead," added Levy.