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Disappearing Postman Faces Federal Charges

A postal worker previously missing from Greenfield is still in Bartholomew County jail on a weapons charge, and now also faces federal charges for abandoning the mail he was scheduled to deliver. 48-year-old John Jordan was reported missing last Wednesday after he delivered mail to his first stop of the day and then disappeared. Undelivered mail and some of Jordan’s personal belongings were found inside his locked and abandoned mail truck.

Jordan tells police that he kayaked down the White River from Greenfield to Columbus, where he was arrested on Saturday. Columbus Police Lieutenant Steve Norman says Jordan was purchasing a scooter from Affordable Auto Sales in Columbus, when the attendant noticed a gun in Jordan’s bag. Police were called and found Jordan at a Laundromat down the street. When they questioned him, Jordan falsely identified himself as “Clark Martin,” but officers were suspicious.

Jordan was arrested for possessing a firearm without a permit. U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks has also filed charges against Jordan for unlawfully delaying mail entrusted to him. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Warden says Jordan could face up to five years in prison and a quarter of a million dollars in fines. Jordan cited work and personal problems as the reason he abandoned his post.

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