Real Name: William Junior Jordan
Aliases: William Bill Jordan
Wanted For: Murder and Escape
Missing Since: August 6, 1984
Details: On March 6, 1974, in Suwanee, Georgia, teacher, husband, and father James Rouse Jr. was forced into his car and abducted at gunpoint by two fugitives, William Jordan, thirty-one, and Anthony Prevatte, twenty-four, who were wanted in a series of North Carolina burglaries. At the edge of a remote forest, the two men forced James out of his car and had him go barefoot into the woods. Once they reached the lake shore, they shot James at point blank range with a sawed-off shotgun, and he was killed instantly.
The next day, over two hundred miles away in Wadesboro, North Carolina, police got an anonymous tip the Jordan and Prevatte were hiding at the home of a friend. When they arrived, authorities noticed an unfamiliar car parked in the driveway, and as they approached the house to make an arrest, the two men sped away in the car, which they had hidden in. A chase soon ensued between the men and the two officers, and during this Jordan threw out a sawed-off shotgun and opened fired on the officers. In a last ditch and unsuccessful attempt to escape, the fugitives rolled the car over in a ditch and wrecked it, but they were soon arrested. They were booked on charges of breaking and entering, larceny, and assaulting officers with a firearm; when James's body was found two days later, authorities were certain they were the killers.
First, the stolen car that the two crashed in North Carolina was James's. Next, a shotgun shell at the murder scene matched one of their guns. Finally, authorities found trophies of the crimes: pictures of the two men leaning on James's car holding the shotgun that killed him. The two men were tried and convicted of the murder, and both were sentenced to death. However, their sentences would later be commuted to life in prison. In 1991, Anthony Prevatte was paroled, but he later killed his girlfriend and was again given the death sentence; he remains on death row to this day.
After ten years of good behavior, William Jordan was sent to a minimum security work farm in Odum, Georgia, and was allowed to drive a pick-up truck to be re-fueled. On August 6, 1984, Jordan drove off with the truck, refueled it, but never came back. A month later, the man who escaped with Jordan was arrested, but Jordan remains at large. Over a decade later in 1992, Jordan was spotted in Virginia, and may still be there or may be in West Virginia, where he has relatives. He is 6'2, 150 pounds, with brown-graying hair and blue eyes. and he would now be 74 years old.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the September 20, 1996 episode. Jordan was also profiled on The Hunt with John Walsh.
- William Jordan on Unsolved.com
- FBI wanted poster of William Jordan
- Fan discussion thread on Jordan
- William Jordan on The Hunt