NEW YORK — A family remains hopeful that their missing relative, a CUNY law student, will be found safe after he went missing in Manhattan nearly two weeks ago.
Which makes the case even more troubling: Police found a lead two miles away in a different district from where Jordan Taylor was last seen alive. His wallet was found on West Street near the Goldman Sachs building in Battery Park City, while his phone was found more than three miles away in Hell’s Kitchen.
Taylor has made activism and politics central to her life since college. The Nyack native went to get a haircut in Queens two weeks ago, suddenly ripped out mid-cut and hasn’t been seen since.
He posted a selfie on Facebook and apparently arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal hours later.
“Was rafting For about three hours or so. So it’s kind of weird, I think maybe he met someone. We’re not quite sure yet,” said Alton Taylor, Jordan’s brother.
They said Jordan went to an LGBTQ nightclub, The Q, the same club where John Amberger met the two men and was drugged, robbed and left for dead on his way to New York.
Elton said, “I’m looking at the phone history…I’m sure he was there that night between Friday and Saturday morning.”
It was unclear to Taylor’s brother why Jordan’s wallet would have come to Lower Manhattan.
“We got a call at 9:30 in the morning that someone had found his wallet at Goldman Sachs Battery Park,” Elton said.
He said, “I don’t want to rule out serious wrongdoing. I don’t want to think about it, but I can’t rule it out either.” Elton said that none of Jordan’s close friends have seen or heard from him.
To further complicate matters: Taylor was last seen alive in Queens, which leaves it a mystery whether her wallet and phone were with her or were stolen.
Taylor worked on the campaigns of current Lieutenant Governor Anthony Delgado and Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby.
“I’m trying to keep up, I’m keeping my spirits up. They hope we find him safe and sound. And then, you know, we’ll find a way back to normal,” Elton said.
The New York City Police said it is policy that anyone missing for more than two weeks is assigned to the Missing Persons Unit, which is now investigating where Taylor may be.