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Posted: Mar 31 2011, 06:12 PM
Member No.: 961
Joined: 29-July 10
Susan Annette Ryan
Missing Since: 6/5/2010
Sex Female Race White
Hgt 5Ft3In Wgt 105
Hair Brown Eye Blue
Went missing early morning hours of June 5, 2010 from Wooster, Ohio. Thought to be wearing jeans and white sneakers. Left on foot from home. Left behind all worldly possessions, dog, and note saying thank you to roommate and what to do with her belongings. Thought to be depressed. Only things missing from room was State ID and handgun. All credit cards left behind, as well as cell phone.
Law Enforcement Agency: Wooster Police Dept
Report Number: 1-10-007868
Contact: Det. Belcher
Posted: Jul 18 2011, 09:04 AM
Member No.: 1
Joined: 3-July 06
Published: May 31, 2011 1:16 AM EST
Updated: May 31, 2011 6:56 AM EST
Former Erie resident's whereabouts still a mystery a year later
By TIM HAHN, Erie Times-News
Susan Ryan didn't return to Erie.
She disappeared from her home in Wooster, Ohio, 180 miles to the southwest, on the day she was to move back with her youngest daughter.
Ryan took her photo ID, her eyeglasses and possibly a .22-caliber pistol, police said.
She left behind her possessions, her dog and a note, which thanked her roommate and told her what to do with her belongings.
Ryan disappeared on June 5, 2010.
The anniversary will be marked by another search of areas around Wooster where Ryan might have gone, and by another plea from her daughter for any information that will put an end to the mystery.
"She had never gone off before. She's actually a very big homebody, not one to leave the house or her dog," said Helen Zimmel, who now has Ryan's Chihuahua at her west Erie home.
Ryan's case is listed on the Ohio attorney general's website, and on the sites of several missing-persons organizations. It remains an open case for the Wooster Police Department.
Police entered details on Ryan's disappearance in the National Crime Information Center, along with Ryan's DNA and dental profiles, said Wooster police Detective Bill Belcher, who is heading the investigation.
They have checked out several potential leads to her whereabouts, but each one has come up empty, Belcher said.
"When she first went missing, people were calling in who thought they saw her at the Elyria (Ohio) Walmart. We checked the video surveillance, and there was no match," he said.
"We had someone find a person along a highway in California that was ill and could not speak. So we investigated that, but it ended up not being her. We had some other Jane Does found throughout the country, but none of them were her."
Ryan, 59, is a native of Elyria, Ohio. She moved to Erie after she was married, and later lived in Erie and parts of Ohio, her daughter said.
Ryan last lived in Erie with her daughter for three months before she moved to Wooster at the end of March 2010.
Ryan told her daughter that a family friend had offered to take her in there, but Zimmel said her mother never gave her a straight answer on why she was moving.
Ryan worked as a department-store cleaner, and she received government assistance while living in Wooster, Belcher said.
When Zimmel, 26, learned that her husband was about to be deployed on a military assignment, her mother agreed to move back in with her, Zimmel said.
The move was scheduled to take place on June 5, 2010, when Ryan was supposed to book a rental truck, and Zimmel and her husband were supposed to go to Wooster to load it and drive it to Erie.
Zimmel said she talked to her mother the night before the move. Her mother did not seem upset, she said.
Zimmel received a phone call from Ryan's roommate at 8 a.m. on June 5. She said that Ryan was missing.
"We immediately contacted the Wooster Police Department," Zimmel said.
"We started calling around to different hospitals, bus stations, airports and train stations from Wooster and surrounding areas. We filed a missing-persons report right away. I drove straight out there and spent the day talking to officers."
Police believe Ryan left her house sometime after 3 a.m.
"It appears she left just with the clothes she was wearing," Belcher said.
A large search party was formed, and about 110 people searched city parks and other areas in Ryan's Wooster neighborhood.
They found no sign of her, Belcher said.
Zimmel said her family has contacted the Ohio Federation of K9 Search and Rescue Dogs, and that group plans to re-canvass certain wooded areas in Wooster.
The search will be held once things start to dry out, she said.
Zimmel has since posted information about Ryan and her disappearance on Facebook.
Susan Annette Ryan, also known as Susie or Ma, is a white female, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 105 to 110 pounds. She has brown hair, slightly gray at the temples, and blue eyes. She has tattoos of a phoenix and a dragon on her collarbones, and of a rose on her back hip. She wears a partial upper denture.
TIM HAHN can be reached at 870-1731 or by e-mail.