GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – The boyfriend of the mother of a 3-year-old girl who was reported missing in Gaston County Monday was charged with murder Tuesday while the 911 call transcript was released Wednesday.
William “Skip” McCullen, 25, was charged with first degree murder in the death of Jordan Ann Dumont. He was taken to the Gaston County Jail, where no bond was set.
Dumont’s remains were located during the search for the missing girl Tuesday morning, Gaston County Police Chief Joesph Ramey said.
After charges were brought against McCullen, investigators said they believe Jordan’s death occurred “prior to being placed where she was found.” They said the death happened within the past 24 to 36 hours.
Gaston County DA Locke Bell said Jordan’s body was not visible where it was found. Bell said an officer noticed something that made him look at the area more closely. Bell would not elaborate any further.
Gaston County 911 got the call just after 3:30 p.m. Monday that Jordan Dumont was missing.
The transcript of the 911 was released Wednesday.
“Yes ma’am my oldest daughter – I was taking a nap and I just woke up and I can’t find her anywhere. I have a newborn with me too – a one year old and I got her and I can’t find the other one,” the 911 caller, who identified himself as the girl’s father, said to the 911 dispatcher.
The call came in at 3:39 p.m.
The woman told the man, who was using a corded phone, to go look under the beds for the little girl. A brief silence can be heard as the man says he is looking for her.
“She’s not here,” the man can be heard crying. “My wife’s at work – she’s about to be home and I don’t know where my daughter is,” the man said.
He said the door was wide open. “Please come out! I don’t know if she’s just hiding or what,” he said. The dispatcher told him to go search the home again if he needed to.
Another brief silence can be heard. “Please come out,” he says in the background as dispatch waits on the line.
“He’s on a corded phone so he’s having to tell me something and run and – He’s freakin’ – like ‘my wife’s gonna be home any minute I can’t find my little girl’,” the dispatcher can be heard saying to someone.
After receiving the call, crews started searching for the girl.
An official search for Dumont resumed Tuesday morning, after being called off Monday night.
The remains law enforcement located Tuesday have not yet been identified. “We do not believe we’ve gotten the outcome that we were hoping for,” Ramey said.
Ramey said officials were working several leads, and were conducting interviews to follow up on the leads.
Officials said Dumont’s caretaker, identified only as McCullen, had last seen the young girl around 1 p.m., and notified authorities when he realized she was missing.
Police said Monday that they believed McCullen was asleep, and that Dumont was one of two children in the home. The other child is accounted for.
After receiving the report, crews began looking for the girl on and around the 1900 block of Bess Town Road, near Ruthaven Drive, in Bessemer City.
K9s were out at the scene Tuesday morning to resume the official search. Multiple agencies and a police helicopter searched for Dumont until around 10:30 p.m. when the search was called off for the night. Neighbors in the area used flashlights to continue searching for the girl overnight.
Volunteers who wanted to help in Tuesday’s search were asked to meet at the white tents near Bess Town Road at Rutledge Road, just south of Rutledge.
Searchers were devastated by the news. Many volunteers were still signing up when the search was called off.
Searcher Jeannie Vickers said, “We don’t know the family. We don’t know her. It’s a baby and we had to come.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Gaston County Communications at 704-866-3300.