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Detective Don Heffner admits the murder of B.J. Jordan has haunted him for years.

"This young kid who had a rough beginning had a tragic end and he died behind a dumpster," Heffner said. "I mean somebody needs to say something about that. That is wrong."

In 2004, 14-year-old William Jordan, or B.J., was living in a foster home on Herr Street. His mother died when he was just a baby. He suffered from mental health issues, but by all accounts was a sweet kid who had a sweet tooth to match.

One March night, B.J. snuck out of his home and walked one block to a convenience store on Cameron Street to buy a soda and Gummi bears. On his way home, he stopped in an alley to relieve himself.

"Right there, somebody took his life," Heffner said.

B.J. was found next to the dumpster, lifeless, still holding his candy.


The motive for the killing became an instant mystery. B.J. had no known enemies. He was just a kid who wanted a late-night snack. Investigators couldn't figure out a single reason anyone would choose to target him.

Was the killing a robbery? Detectives have their doubts because B.J. still had change from the store nestled in his pocket.

That leaves a single, tragic possibility: B.J. was killed by mistake.

"I believe that somebody in that area thought that William was somebody else and made a mistake and killed him," Heffner said.

Dangerous Area

Back in 2004, Heffner said the area where B.J. was shot was controlled by drug dealers who fiercely protected their turf.

"You just couldn't travel that area and be safe," Heffner said. "And William Jordan is an example of that."

Heffner said many of the people who "ran" the streets back then are now behind bars, serving lengthy sentences. He is hopeful that now that they're in prison, someone will feel safe enough to come forward with information that can help crack the case.

Holding Out Hope

District Attorney Ed Marsico said he thinks of the B.J. Jordan case often, and would like to see justice for the teen. He remains hopeful that somebody will come forward and do the right thing.

"Even if they weren't truthful in the past, we can put that behind us," Marsico said. "Tell us what you know."

Jennifer Storm, the Executive Director of the Dauphin County Victim/Witness Assistance Program, issued the same plea on behalf of the young boy.

"Nothing good comes from silence," Storm said. "People's secrets keep them sick and so we would embrace anyone who came forward with information. If they were scared, we would make sure that they were safe."

"A Failure for the Community"

Heffner said the fact that no one has been brave enough to share information with authorities should bother everyone who lives in that area.

"It's a failure for us not to solve this," he said. "It's a failure for the community."

"It's time to come forward and it's time to lay young William to rest," he continued.

If you have any information about the murder of B.J. Jordan, you're asked to contact Detective Heffner at 717-255-3181.

Crime Stoppers of Dauphin County is offering a $5,000 reward for information. Their number is 1-800-262-3080. Tips to Crime Stoppers can remain confidential.

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