Washington County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Information on Missing Lake Elmo Woman’s Cold Case

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are asking the public for any information they may have to solve a case that has been cold for 27 years.

It was snowing heavily on Jan.19, 1988 when Susan Swedell, then 19, finished her shift at the Oak Park Heights K-Mart and called her mom to say she was on her way to their Lake Elmo home.

“She stopped at a gas station about mile from home and asked the attendant if she could leave her car there because she was having car trouble,” police reports read. “She got into another car with a man and was never seen again.”

Swedell is 5’4”, 100 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. The man was tall with shoulder length curly hair.

Anyone with information on Swedell’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 651-430-7850.

A $25,000 reward is offered for information which leads to the discovery of her whereabouts.