The wife and adult daughter of Kelly Rousseau, owner of self-storage facilities Pack Rat and Big Door Storage in Menasha, Wis., were found Wednesday after being reported missing two days earlier. Jill Rousseau, 55, and her 21-year-old daughter, Jordan Rousseau, were discovered by police in Madison, Wis., after investigators received a tip. They were reunited with their husband and father yesterday at their home in Dale, Wis., according to a source.
Police declined to say why the women left their home without their cell phones or telling anyone about their whereabouts, but said they weren’t abducted as Kelly Rousseau had feared. He was attending a prayer vigil Wednesday evening at Calvary Bible Church in Neenah, Wis., when he learned they’d been found. “I couldn't think of a better place to have that news than here with a bunch of people praying for their safety,” he told reporters.
Jill and Jordan Rousseau were last seen on surveillance video about 4 p.m. on Sunday as they drove away from Jill’s business, Oasis Wellness Center at 600 Century Oaks Drive in Menasha, a source reported.
During a press conference held on Wednesday, Kelly Rousseau said he had last spoken with his wife at about 1:15 p.m. on Sunday. He was driving home from Northern Minnesota after being away since June 13 to attend a cousin’s funeral. Jill Rousseau told her husband she was stopping by the wellness center to pick up some papers. Security cameras from the business show she and her daughter arrived at 3:45 p.m. and left 15 minutes later, turning north on Racine Road. They were driving a 2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch sport-utility vehicle with a maroon top and tan bottom.
Kelly Rousseau arrived home about 8:15 p.m. and called his wife’s cell phone, which rang in the house. His also discovered his daughter’s cell phone in the home. He thought his family had decided to spend the night at the wellness center, which is outfitted with futons in the basement.
Unable to find the women the next day, Kelly Rousseau contacted the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office, telling them he believed the two may have been abducted. “Nothing else makes sense,” he told reporters. “And then, I'm a problem-solver, so if that's the case, then who did it and why? I have no idea. No idea.”
Jill Rousseau’s credit cards weren’t used during the disappearance, giving the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office few clues on the women’s location. Kelly Rousseau cooperated with investigators and police didn’t believe he was involved, according to Sgt. Nathan Borman. The search for the family’s vehicle soon went nationwide.
Kelly Rousseau said the disappearance was out of character for his family. He described his wife as analytical and his daughter as a social butterfly.
Jill Rousseau opened the wellness center in 2011. Her daughter owns Beyond Fig Leaves Sewing, Alterations, Repairs and Custom Sewing as well as OOAK ... Snap! Gifts LLC, both of which operate at the same location. Jordan Rousseau was home-schooled, and the family often traveled for homeschooling conventions in Kentucky and other states, said Kelly Rousseau, who’s storage facilities are adjacent to his wife and daughter’s businesses.
Although Jordan Rousseau is the only child living with her parents, they also have an adopted son, 21-year-old Benson Rousseau. He joined the family from Haiti when he was six, the source reported. The family doesn’t have contact with Benson but believe he could be living in Springfield, Mo., Kelly Rousseau said.
The missing persons case has been closed, and the family is asking for privacy at this time.
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