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October 11, 2013

Family, friends pray for missing Middletown man at vigil

ANDERSON, Ind. — Kelly Bragg wept as she watched a slideshow of her son, Jordan, who has been missing since August. She held in her arms the only remaining connection she has to Jordan: his 10-month-old son and her grandson, Keighton.

About 50 friends and family joined Bragg and her husband, Terry, on Friday night at Shadyside Park for a candlelight vigil in honor of Jordan, a 21-year-old from Middletown.

Bragg was last seen at his parents’ house in Anderson on Aug. 11. He had left home after an argument with his girlfriend, Kelsey Parrish, but he headed back that afternoon, telling his mother he was going to play basketball. Kelly visited his home later and found her son’s car, but Jordan was gone. His keys, ID and phone were sitting on the table in his house, which had been ransacked.

Middletown police conducted a search with multiple officers and a bloodhound in August. After an unsuccessful search, the department announced it had exhausted all of its resources. The Braggs organized a search of their own in and around Middletown’s Dietrich Park in August, but the search proved unsuccessful.

Trinna Davis-Simmons, a family member acting as a spokesperson for the Braggs, said the experience has been harrowing for the family, especially Kelly Bragg.

“A part of her heart is missing,” Davis-Simmons said. “When they get out on nights like this and can see their grandson, I know it makes them feel a lot better.”

The people who came to observe the vigil broke into small groups and said prayers for Jordan’s safe return home.

Davis-Simmons said she believes “something bad” has happened to Jordan, and she suspects foul play, though she declined to elaborate. She said the family is also very frustrated with the inaction of the Middletown Police Department. According to her, the family brought their concerns to MPD, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police. Recently, in a meeting planned with the three agencies, Middletown was the only department that didn’t send a representative.

“It’s disappointing, and we don’t know why they’re taking this attitude,” Davis-Simmons said.

A person who answered a call placed to the Middletown Police Department said the department has nothing to say on the matter.

The family’s search in August did yield something: a pair of boxer shorts that they believe belonged to Jordan. Davis-Simmons said they’ve been handed off to HCSD. The family has also been told a more thorough search might be possible when the weather gets colder and the leaves fall off the trees.

While the family waits for any news about their son, they’ve resorted to trying to raise funds for Keighton’s well-being. Jordan worked at a factory in New Castle and was the only provider for his son and his girlfriend.

“Right now, we’ve raised about $300 for the family. We’ve received some tremendous donations, and people have been very generous,” Davis-Simmons said. “Right now, whatever we get will go toward reward money for anyone who finds Jordan. If nothing changes, it will go toward a trust fund for Keighton.”

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