Name: Colleen ‘Suzie’ Wood
Age: 53 years old
Last seen: December 28, 2000
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Status: Still Missing
Disappeared: Season 6 Episode 4 “Dark Voyage”
53-year-old Colleen Wood was last seen in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 28, 2000.
She disappeared after reportedly going on a sailing tour around the world with her new boyfriend.
Colleen Wood was born on December 02, 1947. She was a divorced mother of two children and a resident of Dayton, Ohio.
In April of 1998, Wood moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and began working as an office manager at Lighthouse Point Marina.
In late 1999, she met John L. Paul Sr. through a mate seeking personal ad, looking for a sailing companion. Paul was a former professional race car driver, and reportedly owned a mutual fund company.
Wood later moved onto the “Island Girl”, Paul’s 55-foot schooner, after selling her condominium. She also quit her job and entrusted the $43,000 profit from her condo to John for investment.
On December 3, 2000, Wood called her son in Ohio and said that she and Paul were planning to embark on a five-year sailing tour around the world within a few weeks.
On December 13, Wood spoke with a coworker on the phone about an office Christmas party she was invited to. Wood was reportedly in good spirits and told her she was at a bar with Paul in Key West, Florida, at the time of their conversation.
Wood never showed up to the office Christmas Party, and has never been heard from again.
Wood’s family grew concerned when they weren’t able to contact her during Christmas and New Years. They also found out her cellular phone service had been closed due to no payment.
In April 2001, Wood’s family reported her missing to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.
Local newspaper advertisements
In early December 2000, an ad looking for a first mate on a boat was run in the “help wanted” section of a local newspaper, purchased using Wood’s credit card by an unidentified man.
A second ad, run on December 16, 2000, was placed in the personal “male seeking female” section, which was around the time that Wood last spoke to her coworker.
Based on cell phone records, detectives determined that Wood last used her cell phone around December 16, 2000.
Suspicious bank account activity
Investigators found that approximately $38,000 had been withdrawn from Wood’s bank account between December 2000 and February 2001, through over 80 separate withdrawal transactions.
Surveillance camera footage from the ATM in Fort Lauderdale captured two women using Wood’s credit cards, and investigators were able to identify and locate them.
The women claimed that a man gave them Wood’s credit cards and PIN numbers, and told them they would receive a percentage of the money they retrieved from the ATM.
John Paul’s criminal history
John Paul Sr. was involved in a drug-smuggling scheme in the early 1980s, and had tried to kill his associate in Florida. On June 4, 1986, he was sentenced to 20 years in a federal penitentiary for attempted first-degree murder.
On July 2, 1999, Paul was let out on parole after serving 15 years, and within less than a year he met Colleen Wood.
In May of 2001, Paul told investigators that he had a financial argument with Wood in mid-December 2000. She reportedly left the boat and came back accompanied by two men to collect her personal belongings.
Authorities found no solid evidence to indicate that Paul was involved in Collen Wood’s disappearance, and he had not been named a suspect in the case.
In the summer of 2001 Paul departed the Fort Lauderdale area on his boat. His trip around the world was a violation of his parole and he is now wanted by authorities.
Paul left U.S. soil and was spotted over the years in the Fiji Islands, Italy and last seen in Thailand. His boat has been renamed from Island Girl to Diamond girl.
John Paul has not been named a suspect in the case of Colleen Wood disappearance, but he remains wanted for questioning by the FBI.
The circumstances of Colleen Wood disappearance remain unclear and her case is being investigated as endangered and missing. Her case remains unsolved.
Caucasian female born on December 2, 1947 with graying blonde hair and brown eyes.
Wood is 5’2” tall and weighs 115 pounds.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Colleen Wood please contact the Fort Lauderdale Police Department (954) 828-5512 or (954) 828-5517
Resources & Further Information
Missing Persons Case#23600 – NamUs
John Paul Sr. (racing driver) – Wikipedia
Unsolved Mystery COLLEEN WOOD – Unsolved
Woman Vanishes; Foul Play Suspected – Sun Sentinel
Lisa Gandolfo says
There is some interest again in producing a docuseries on both women missing, Chalice Paul and Colleen Wood, both last seen with John Paul Sr. But did you know there were men missing too who were linked to John Paul Sr?
Where the you find that information? I want to know