Sunday, January 19, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 19

 January 19, 1988 – Susan Swedell, 19 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen at a gas station about a mile from her home in Lake Elmo. Employed by K-Mart in Oak Park Heights, Swedell had frequently received phone calls at work from a man she referred to as ‘Dale.’ On the night of her disappearance, a snowy evening, she called her mom from K-Mart to let her know she planned on coming home to watch a movie. Before she left work Susan changed into a short skirt, which seemed odd because of the blizzard-like conditions. A short time later she asked a gas station attendant if she could leave her car at the station because she was having car trouble. She then got into another car with a man that was waiting for her. Witnesses describe him as unshaven, tall with shoulder length curly hair, [well-built] and wearing a leather jacket. She has not been heard from or seen since.”

Susan Swedell

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