Search continues for Jordan Humphrey; Golden Alert issued

By Shayla Reaves - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- The search continues for a missing Louisville teen considered at risk.

A Golden Alert was issued for 18-year-old Jordan Humphrey Friday. Family members said he was last seen Thursday afternoon between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at his mother's home in the 2700-block of Riedling Drive off Brownsboro Road.

Police described the teen as mentally challenged and family members said he has the mental capacity of a 10 to 12 year old. Relative Cynthia Williams said Humphrey is scared of the dark.

"He has never gone anywhere alone and to know he is out here on his own is very troublesome," Williams said. "He walked out of the house. He was only in the clothes that he slept in and he packed a teddy bear and T-shirt that his grandfather gave him that was too small for him."

Jasmine Salvi is Humphrey's aunt and says the family researched and contacted two search units on their own. Those involved included the Jefferson County Search Dog Association.

"It's not like Jordan to be out here on his own, he doesn't go anywhere by himself," Salvi said.

Most troubling for some is the risk associated with the neighborhood itself. We researched the family's address and uncovered 10 registered sex offenders living in eight locations within two miles of the family's home. One search leader traced Jordan's scent for three quarter's of a mile with search dogs.

He described the pattern as "sporadic."

"He doesn't walk in a straight line. He was wandering through places of where to go," the search leader said of scent path picked up by the dogs.

Crews targeted specific areas, according to Shawn Herron of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.

"Finding areas that are close to the home that are wooded, where if he chose to hide it would be easy for him to hide and difficult for us to find him," said Herron.

Hot temperatures created new challenges for dogs.

"Dogs don't work as effectively in this extreme temperature," he said.

Humphrey's mother, who is pregnant, was still too emotional to speak with us.

Family members say Humphrey is scheduled to start his senior year at Moore High School this fall. We're told he is 6'2" tall and a member of the Special Olympics team. He plays basketball, softball and runs track and field.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately.

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