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Woman still missing after 25 years, mother pleas for answers

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Susan Riedling (Source: Bullitt County Sheriff's Office) Susan Riedling (Source: Bullitt County Sheriff's Office)
Susan Riedling (Source: Bullitt County Sheriff's Office) Susan Riedling (Source: Bullitt County Sheriff's Office)
Detective Scotty McGaha Detective Scotty McGaha

By Katie Bauer email | bio

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It is the coldest case in the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office. 25 years ago this month, an 18-year-old pregnant woman disappeared, never to be seen again.

Susan Riedling's mother says the last time she saw her daughter was March 31, 1986 - the night they watched Louisville win the NCAA basketball National Championship.

"I just wish somebody would say something so we can have some closure," said Janet.

Not a day goes by that Janet, who does not want her last name known, doesn't think about her daughter.

"She's the last thing I think about when I go to bed and she's the first thing I think about when I get up in the morning, and this has been going on for 25 years," said Janet.

Susan was just 16 when she married George Riedling and the two lived in Brooks on Roe Hill Road. Janet says she didn't like George from the start.

"He was so arrogant and he was really rude to Susan in public," said Janet.

Janet also remembers when they found out Susan was pregnant.

"She wanted the baby, but her husband and his family didn't want the child at all," said Janet.

Right before Susan disappeared, the couple had friends over for a bonfire. Detectives interviewed several people who were there.

"They talked about George and Susan had got into an argument that evening and he made everyone leave," said Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.

While George Riedling has never been named as a suspect, he is still considered a person of interest by the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office. Although this case turned cold for awhile, McGaha picked it up in 2003 and went down to Jacksonville, Florida to interview George, who moved there shortly after his wife's disappearance.

"He had some answers that didn't match up with things that occurred back during that time," said McGaha. "I asked him about her being pregnant and he said yes he knew, but he didn't miss her and he didn't miss the child."

But after a quarter century, there are still no solid leads.

"Somebody has to know what happened because she just didn't disappear into thin air," said Janet.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Susan Riedling, you are urged to call the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office Crime Tip Line at 502-543-1262.

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