The sons of a missing woman believe her ex-husband had something to do with her disappearance.
On August 5th, 1994, 19-year-old Nick Owsley arrived at his mother’s house in Ruxton, Maryland. They had planned to spend the evening together. The door was partially open and she was nowhere to be found. Her car was gone and a set of keys was on the kitchen table. Nick waited until 2 A.M., then headed home for the night. The next morning, he awoke with a feeling of dread:
Susan Harrison was never found. Her son, Jon Owsley:
Susan grew up in Massachusetts and married one of her brother’s college roommates. Her two sons, Jon and Nick, were born five years apart. When the boys were teenagers, Susan left her husband and became involved with a man named Jim Harrison. After a few years together, they were married. From the start, the relationship was rocky. There were reports of heavy drinking and frequent fights. Jim Harrison attributes the problems to Susan’s alleged manic depression:
Jon Owsley isn’t so sure that manic depression is to blame. He believes Jim uses it as an excuse to deflect the blame from himself.Jon’s brother, Nick, agrees, saying there’s more to the story than Jim lets on:
Jim Harrison denies ever having abused Susan:
Det. Lt. Sam Bowerman of the Baltimore County Police Dept. remembers his officers having to visit the house often:
Finally, in January of 1994, Susan left Jim Harrison. She rented a house and started her own business. Her family felt that she was finally getting herself back together. Then, Susan began seeing Harrison again and the fighting continued. Her son, Jon, was immediately worried:
Susan’s other son, Nick, gave her an ultimatum. He insisted that she stop seeing Jim Harrison. The next morning, Susan agreed to leave Harrison for good. But just two days later, Susan disappeared. When police questioned Harrison, he told them that Susan had visited him three times the previous day:
Three weeks later, Susan’s car was found at Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C., 50 miles from her home in Baltimore. Records show that the car entered the parking lot around 6 A.M. on the day that Susan disappeared. The keys were in the ignition and the gas tank was full. Had Susan simply walked away from her life and family?
A few months after Susan disappeared, Jim Harrison was given a polygraph and failed it. However, he claims the test was flawed and continues to insist that he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance:
Det. Bowerman offers his theory:
Two years after Susan Harrison disappeared, her skeletal remains were found by hikers in a remote area about 60 miles from her home. Dental records and two sapphire earrings confirmed her identity. The State Medical Examiner ruled that she had been murdered, probably on the day she disappeared.