Missing Mailman Found, Arrested

Family, Postal Inspectors Thrilled John Jordan, 48, Found Safe

A missing mail carrier who was the subject of a three-day search was found and arrested Saturday afternoon in Columbus, more than 60 miles from where he disappeared.

John Jordan, 48, vanished from his Greenfield mail route on Wednesday. Police, family and friends mounted an intensive search for him.

The solution to the mystery began to unfold when Jordan stopped at Affordable Auto and purchased a scooter, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported.

"The attendant that sold him the scooter noticed he had a firearm and syringes in his backpack. So, he called police and put us onto him," said Columbus police Lt. Steve Norman.

Jordan rode the scooter to a Laundromat several blocks away.

"He came in to do his laundry. He had a sandwich on top of the washer," said Debbie Newsom, a laundry attendant. "All of a sudden, cops come in with their guns drawn. They stayed in there and arrested him."

Jordan faces a charge of carrying a handgun without a license. He was held in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond late Saturday.

Postal inspectors who searched for Jordan said Saturday they are glad he is safe.

"We are very excited whenever one of our own is found. We get excited about it," said Felicia George.

The Jordan family issued a statement late Wednesday:

"The entire Jordan family is thrilled John has been found. We love him dearly. We thank you all for your love, prayers and support."

Police said Jordan gave them a false name when he was initially confronted but came clean later.

According to officers, Jordan told them he was having some personal problems and that was why he disappeared but he declined to elaborate.

Jordan is expected to make a court appearance on Monday.

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