Friends of a woman who disappeared three months ago say Reita Jordan’s relationship with her live-in partner, the man charged with second-degree murder in her presumed death, was coming to an end.
On Tuesday, police laid charges against Paul Trevor Calnen, 50, of Hammonds Plains.
Charles Sabean, a family friend, said the 34-year-old was about to leave Calnen before her disappearance.
"There were other people who were assisting her to [leave Calnen], that her parents had never met," he said.
He said family members and friends are desperate for Jordan’s remains to be found.
"She was full of hope and she brought hope to people. That’s hard to find," he said.
In addition to his second-degree murder charge, Calnen is accused of interfering with human remains "by burning," according to court documents.
Sabean said the thought of her body being desecrated disgusts him.
"You don’t take something that’s loved and just — it’s a rag doll, gone, thrown away like garbage," he said.Police finished searching Calnen’s home Wednesday, looking for clues in connection to Jordan’s disappearance. They’re also searching two other properties but won’t disclose where.