Left and Center: Nancy circa, 1976
Right: Age Progressed to age 50
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: April 21, 1976
Missing From: Columbia Falls, Flathead County, Montana
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: January 25, 1960
Age: 16 years old
Height and Weight: 5’1″ and 96 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Brown hair, Brown eyes, Nancy has burn scars on her shoulders and a scar between her elbow and shoulder
NCMEC Number: 602231
Details of Disappearance
Nancy was last seen in Columbia Falls, Montana on April 21st 1976. She was last seen walking home from babysitting for a family. She never returned home and was never seen or heard from again after she disappeared.
Nancy was a chronic runaway at the time of her disappearance. She has previously traveled as far as Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California. Nancy was always found after she ran off and would be returned home. A day prior to her disappearance, she was returned home after she ran away again. She spent a day in lockup in Kalispell, Montana. Investigators believe it’s possible she ran away again.
There was an unconfirmed sighting of Nancy In Anchorage, Alaska in 1983, 7 years after she disappeared. The sighting was reported by one of Nancy’s former teachers in a bar. It’s unclear if the girl was in fact Nancy.
Investigators have also considered the possibility that foul play might have been involved in Nancy’s case. Less then a year before she went missing, 14 year old Robyn Pettinato disappeared from Whitefish, Montana. This was located approximately 10 miles away from where Nancy disappeared. There’s been a lot of speculation that the cases are connected but this has not been proven and there are no suspects in either case.
At the time of her disappearance, Nancy lived with her grandmother as her parents were divorced at the time. She was described as a normal teenager and a good student who was into the Hippie Counterculture. Her disappearance remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Flathead County Sheriffs Office 406-758-5585