Friday, January 1, 2021

The Disappearance and Death of Jorden Sopher


Jorden Sopher had just recently turned 18 years old when she vanished on May 23rd, 2006. The teen girl lived in Wabash, Indiana at the time of her disappearance. Jorden had spent most of her childhood in the foster system before she was adopted at age 16 by Robert and Linda Sopher. That same year, she dropped out of high school and later began working at a local Hardee's restaurant. However, during the spring of 2006, Jorden told her family members that she planned to re-enroll in high school so she could get a diploma. Before she had that opportunity, Jorden seemingly vanished without a trace. 

Months before her disappearance, Jorden moved out of her adoptive parent's home and had been staying with various relatives and friends in the Wabash area. She was staying with her friend and coworker Erin Harlan the weekend before her disappearance. The two reportedly last saw each other around 5:15am on May 23rd, 2006--when Erin woke up to go to her morning shift at Hardee's. Jorden told Erin that she was not working until later that day--so she stayed behind as Erin left for work. 

At a later point that morning, Jorden was dropped off at her adoptive parent's house in a truck driven by Cory Bridenthal. According to Jorden's father Robert Sopher, she spoke briefly to him in the garage before leaving the house on foot. After walking away from the house, Jorden was never seen or heard from again. Later that evening, employees at Hardee's called the Sophers to inquire about Jorden's whereabouts--as she had not shown up to her scheduled shift. This was very out-of-character for Jorden, so her parents immediately began to worry. They reported her missing the following day. 

Once police began to investigate, they questioned both Erin and Cory. Erin told police that Jorden was not at her house when she returned from her shift at Hardee's at 10:15 that morning. However, all of Jorden's belongings, including her purse, were left behind. Cory told police that Jorden had accidentally left her cell phone in his car when he dropped her off at her parent's house that morning. He later reportedly gave the cell phone to Erin so she could return it to Jorden. The cell phone was later turned over to investigators, but unfortunately it did not yield any clues. Police also questioned both Linda and Robert Sopher. Linda agreed to take a polygraph exam, which she passed--but Robert refused to take one. Many found this suspicious, but both Linda and Robert maintain that Robert took one of their foster children to the doctor shortly after Jorden left their house that morning. 

Jorden's case quickly grew cold. Years passed without any clues or trace of her whereabouts. Then, in May 2009--nearly three years after Jorden's disappearance--the case had a break. A mushroom hunter at a creek in Peru, Indiana had spotted human remains amongst a thick canopy of raspberry bushes and honeysuckle. Dental records later confirmed that those remains belonged to Jorden Sopher. Due to the deterioration of the remains, an autopsy was unable to determine a cause of death--but police still began to investigate Jorden's death as a homicide.  It is believed that Jorden's body was in the spot where it was found ever since her disappearance. The clothes she was wearing that day were found amongst the remains. 

Years have passed since the discovery of Jorden's body, yet her murder remains unsolved. There has been very little information available about the investigation, especially in more recent years. Still, anyone with information that could lead to Jorden's case being solved is encouraged to call 1-877-226-1026 to submit an anonymous tip. 

18 comments:

  1. What if the Delphi murderer killed Jordan?! Maybe this was one of his earlier crimes. He can’t have just woke up one day and decided - in his mid 40’s - to kill two girls. Maybe he started with Jordan.
    Or even before her.
    I bet so many cold case files are being looked at closely tonight.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. In 2006, Richard Allen was living very close to Jordan in nearby Mexico, IN.

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    2. I read in an online group this case was solved. The murderer was her roommate’s boyfriend who later committed suicide. I don’t know if this is true but that is what was stated.

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    3. Yes he could. It's actually quite rare for people to commit more than one murder. Yes he obviously killed both girls that day but I'm talking about more than one occurrence.

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  2. omg,,, creepy. And Peru is mentioned. Didn't the Kleins live there at one time?

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    1. The Kline's do live in Peru, and Richard Allen moved from Mexico Ind. to Delphi in 2006

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    2. The klines lived on the same block as her before she was adopted.

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  3. Let's hope someone reminds the police about all of this. I woukd be surprised if at least one if them didn't do it.

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  4. And I wonder if the dad was involved in some capacity. Like CSAM involvement? LE did say they had uncovered the largest CSAM investigation in Indiana history.

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  5. Looks like Libby with Abby's red hair

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    1. I thought the same thing!!! It's uncanny

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    2. And Richard M Allen moved to Delphi in 2006. 😬. It could be nothing. But idk seems really really suspicious imo.

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  6. One of you called in to tip line right? Just in case?

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  7. I sure hope they did. Hope not just jaw flapping if they don’t call it in don’t bother talking.

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  8. Richard Allen was living close to evensdale working in Bradley Il, during the two girls murders in 2012

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    1. Not really close. Bradley, Ill to Evansdale Iowa is about 300 miles.

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  9. Go back to the last person who saw her alive.

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  10. If you do enough research, it does seem plausible that Richard Allen could very well be involved, and well as the klines. I have been doing a bit of digging and can make a connection with locations and possibly people. The klines lived of the same block as Jorden/Aryne in Peru. Richard Allen’s wife is from Peru.

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