Cliffs below Jorden's home
Crime scene tape at search site
Police near scene where Dr. Jorden's body was found
Sheriff's Air One Chopper near search for Jorden's body
BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Police say the manhunt for Dr. Timothy Jorden is over.
In a live news conference at Police Headquarters Friday, Commissioner Daniel Derenda confirmed that Dr. Jorden's body was found near 18 Mile Creek in the brush, 800 yards from his Lake View home with a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Dr. Jorden's body was dressed in surgical scrubs, and a .357 handgun was in his hand.
There had been an exhaustive police search for two days of the rugged wooded area behind Jorden's home in the private Idlewood Complex. K-9 units combed the area and state troopers rappeled up and down the cliffs behind the home. The Erie County Sheriff's Office Air One helicopter and State Police helicopter were also in the search.
Dr. Jorden was the person of interest in a nationwide manhunt after 33-year old Jackie Wisniewski was shot and killed Wednesday at ECMC where she and the doctor both worked.
Police say they felt Thursday he may have taken his life but pursued a two track investigation with the possibility he was still alive and on the run. That's why there was a nationwide "armed and dangerous" bulletin sent to law enforcement around the country. Federal agents also helped to determine if Dr. Jorden was trying to use one of his four vehicles, multiple cell phones or any credit cards. They also interviewed known acquaintances around the country to see if they had any contact with Jorden.
A Lake View neighbor told 2 On Your Side on Thursday that he heard a gun shot at about 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Police say, according to a personal video surveillance system at the home, the doctor returned to his residence immediately following the shooting at ECMC. At approximately 8:37am, within four minutes of arriving at his home, he proceeded to a heavily wooded ravine behind his home, never to be seen again. State Parole Officers who joined the search found the body Friday morning.
"He was found with what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at 10:40 [Friday] morning," said Buffalo Police Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards.
Police say the .357 Jorden used to kill himself was the same type of gun that was used to kill the victim, Jackie Wisniewski. Ballistics tests will be needed to determine if it is the same weapon. Police say there was no message of an explanation or suicide note found in the home.
Wisniewski left behind a four-year old son, and friends say she was on her way to becoming a nurse. She was working as a receptionist when witnesses say her ex-boyfriend, Dr. Jorden, called her from his cell phone, talked to her for 17 minutes, and lured her to a hallway stairwell. Police say he shot her at point blank range five times. She died at the scene. Friends say Wisniewski and her son lived with the doctor for several months, but separated from him and moved out of his home earlier this year.
Police say Jorden, immediately named a "person of interest," reloaded his handgun in his office and took off after the shooting. Police say they also found a shotgun in the doctor's office. Hospital CEO Jody Lomeo said he was in utter shock and disbelief and called Jorden a "very good surgeon."
Police are calling the ECMC shooting planned, but aren't saying how far in advance Jorden planned it.
Friends of the victim say that when he took off his scrubs and left the hospital, he was a different person. Jorden graduated from Bennett High School in 1981 and then entered the military.
He was an Army ranger, according to a colleague, and served as an Army medic. He then achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor, graduating from the UB medical school in 1996.
Cheektowaga Police confirmed to 2 On Your Side that Jorden was involved in two separate "domestic incidents" back in 2003, but would not say whether or not he was arrested.
Those domestic problems ended with a hard-working single mom loved by so many, shot to death inside a hospital.