Jordan Britten, a 20-year-old from Killeen, Texas, was found dead this week. Britten was declared missing by his family after he failed to return home with his friends after a spring break trip. Britten was last seen on March 20 at a music concert on South Padre Island. His body was found, stripped down to just his underwear, near a waterpark.
Writes KCEN TV out of Texas: “Jordan Britten’s body was found on Thursday morning in the sand dunes next to Schlitterbahn Water Park. South Padre Island Police Chief Randy Smith says there are no apparent signs of trauma to the body.”
Britten, who works as a server at Olive Garden, was on a spring break trip to South Padre Island, a barrier island and popular spring break destination along the Gulf coast of Texas. Britten was last seen by his friends at the Ultimate Music Experience, a concert dubbed the “largest spring break electronic dance music event in North American history” on its Facebook page.
Jordan’s mother, Ilana Stone-Britten, filed the missing person report on March 23 when Jordan, a student at Central Texas College, failed to return home. Britten’s car, a silver Mazda, was found parked near the waterpark on State Park Road 100. Investigators said a search of the car turned up both prescription and illegal drugs – ecstasy, marijuana and other unnamed pills.
A police helicopter, police boat and cadaver dogs were used in the search for Britten. Investigators said they found Jordan’s body, dressed only in boxers, hidden in the tall reeds and cattails of a marsh near large sand dunes.
“At this time we’re investigating all possibilities considering the fact that we did find drugs in his car,” said South Padre Island city spokesman Adrian Rodriguez. “A healthy 20-year-old doesn’t just wander off into the marsh and die, so we are investigating all possibilities.”
Rodriguez suggested that Jordan may have been trying to get back into the concert through the marsh. “Maybe he was trying to get through the marsh and trying to get back in through the back (of the Schlitterbahn park),” Rodriguez said.
“Right now, we don’t have any reason to call it a homicide, so it’s not going to be labeled as such. It’s suspicious activity,” Police Chief Randy Smith said. “It’s an open investigation with no real label yet. We don’t see any signs of obvious trauma. There’s nothing to instantly indicate a cause of death, so we … are waiting on the autopsy to give us clear direction.”
A commenter and friend on a Help Find Jordan Britten Facebook page wrote: “Jordan was a dedicated Boy Scout. He reached the rank of Eagle Scout, which requires a lot of hard work and dedication. He loved the Scouts so much that he decided to become an adult Boy Scout leader to help others. Jordan will always be remembered as being full of life and laughter. His light will shine on.”
South Padre Island police are asking that anyone with any information call 956-761-5454.
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