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32 years since 19-year-old went missing in Lake Elmo, still no answers

“I just would like to say something to her. I love you Sue, and I’ll never stop searching for you.”

LAKE ELMO, Minn. — 32 years and still no answers. On January 19th, 1988 19-year-old Sue Swedell went missing in Lake Elmo. 

"This is Sue at her graduation party at our other grandmother's house," Sue’s younger sister Christine said.

Christine last saw her sister exactly 32 years ago.

"I've never been interviewed right on the day. So, this is pretty hard, but I'm staying strong," Christine said.

In January, 1988 Christine says Susan called home before leaving work.  She stopped at a gas station, because of car troubles in a blizzard, and eventually got into a man’s car, which left towards Susan’s home. 

“That’s the last time anybody has seen her,” explained Christinem “We still hold on to hope every day.”

Christine has tried to keep her sister’s name in the news over the decades. 

“This picture is my favorite,” she said on KARE 11 in 1998. 

The Washington County Sheriff says his office continues to investigate Susan’s disappearance.  He says someone knows something. The tip line is 651-430-7850. Ask Christine what it would mean for the case to be solved, and you get two answers.

"If you're asking if Sue is found, I think mom and I would be on the floor. We'd be so happy to finally see her and be with her and be able to be a family again. As for the other possibility, it would crush us," she said.

Christine struggles with the lack of closure. 

"I have kind of held my life back, because I don't want her to feel like she missed out," she said. 

She still looks up to her older sister.

“She had a lot of strength. So, I have to be strong,” Christine said. “People tell us that you can go on, but you can’t go on.” 

What she can do is hope. 

“I just would like to say something to her. I love you Sue, and I’ll never stop searching for you.”

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