Family looking for Jay woman

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JAY — The family of 27-year-old Jordann Bessey is concerned for her safety and wants to make sure she is OK.

She left her grandmother’s house in Jay on Sept. 11 under the guise of going to college classes and has not returned, her mother, Pam Murphy of Lewiston said Friday.

Bessey, a 2008 graduate of Lewiston High School, has significant mental health issues and does not have her prescribed medication or any money, Murphy said. She didn’t take many clothes, just enough for a couple of days, and no winter clothing.

Bessey, who attended Jay schools through ninth grade and then went to Lewiston, has texted with her mother off and on after she left.

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Murphy said her daughter stopped texting on Sept. 20 when she told her mother she was in class and would call her later.

After about a week of no contact, Jay police were alerted.

Police were notified on Sept. 25 and sent out a missing-person alert, and an attempt to find Bessey and a rental car she was driving was put out across the United States. She was driving a silver 2014 Ford Fiesta with the license plate RNT-IT60, Police Chief Richard Caton IV said.

Police in Bradford, Vermont, found the car in a store parking lot Sept. 28 and did a well-being check. They found her not to be a danger to herself or others and couldn’t hold her, Caton said.

A family member helped her get the rental car from Jim’s Auto in Auburn, Murphy said.

Before the family could reach Bessey in Vermont, she was gone.

The alerts were taken down but reactivated on Oct. 5 when Jay police learned more about Bessey’s mental health situation, Caton said. Cpl. Jeffrey Fournier is working on the case. Anyone who has come in contact or knows where she is is asked to call Jay police at 897-6766.

Jay police did some checking and discovered that Bessey had never registered with the college she told her family she was attending.

“At this point, we just want to make sure Jordann is OK,” Murphy said. “We are so concerned for her safety.”

Murphy said her daughter will present as someone who is completely normal and can hold a very intelligent conversation, so people may have no indication she is not well. 

Though family members believe she planned her disappearance, “we do not believe she is stable and she wouldn’t do this if she was,” her mother said.

“She doesn’t believe anything is wrong, so why fix something that is wrong, which concerns me even more because I am not sure how to make someone get the help they need,” she said.

“Because she is not a minor, our hands are tied and there is nothing we can do,” Murphy said. “I had hoped that because she has an official diagnosis, things could be easier for us to help her, but it clearly doesn’t matter. It’s so frustrating and so unbelievably sad.

“I know my Jordann is only one of so many who live with mental health issues, and it’s truly heartbreaking to know so many individuals and their families have to live through what we are living through. We all hope every day that she calls us.”

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The family of Jordann Bessey, 27, of Jay is searching for her to check on her safety. She is described as being 5 feet tall, weighing about 100 pounds, with brown eyes and blond hair. Her hair may be darker now, said her mother, Pam Murphy of Lewiston. She also may be wearing glasses. (Facebook photo)

The family of Jordann Bessey, 27, of Jay is searching for her to check on her safety. She is described as being 5 feet tall, weighing about 100 pounds, with brown eyes and blond hair. Her hair may be darker now, said her mother, Pam Murphy of Lewiston. She also may be wearing glasses. (Facebook photo)

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  • candiceanne

    Screwiest article I have read in a long time. Some I ne us obviously keeping the car rental people happy. Family and police ADMIT this 27 year ok ld adult planned her, let’s call it what it is, escape. Vermont police found her to be fine. “Murphy said her daughter will present as someone who is completely normal and can hold a very intelligent conversation, so people may have no indication she is not well.” Maybe because she IS well. A grown-up and no longer will to live under mommy’s thumb.

    More than likely she is now happily settling in to a nice job snd her own place in a warmer climate and with the mommy cord cut with a new phone number.

    • Pam Murphy

      Clearly you didn’t read the entire story since we are just hoping to hear from her so we know that she’s okay…. This has nothing to do with living under our “thumb”… oh and auto correct could come in handy

    • Julie Ann Jade

      Let’s pray you’re right..

    • Meagan Tralee Murphy

      I hope you know that I am her 19 year old sister and you know absolutely NOTHING about this situation. My sister was diagnosed with bipolar schizophrenia in January and had been living with my parents and I until she left in December, by running away to Florida. I watched all the symptoms unwind and it gave me such bad anxiety/stress that I ended up waking up one morning and passing out ending in a seizure. She is NOT well and won’t be until she starts taking her medications again become educated with the subject before you decide to start voicing your opinion. Also, put yourself in my mothers shoes before you decide to say she is ” A grown-up and no longer willing to live under mommy’s thumb.” My mom worries every night that her daughter could be dead somewhere on the road while you think this is some funny game. My sister left last December and we had to spend a ton of money to get her back, she was delirious and slept on beaches until she couldn’t handle it anymore. Disgusting comment and I hope you realize that she’s 27 walking around with a horrible mental illness and you’re completely disregarding that. Grow up and learn that there are real people who have to deal with this and it’s just as hard on the families, absolutely disgusting.