Nancy Lynn Jason, age 18, disappeared on July 20, 1977 from Bethesda, Maryland (a suburb of Washington DC). She was affiliated with the Divine Light Mission and planned to attend one of their meetings down in Florida. She packed her luggage, clothes and a camera for her trip, but before she was scheduled to leave she disappeared, leaving behind the aforementioned belongings.
I don’t know anything about the Divine Light Mission, but some accounts refer to it as a cult and claim it practices brainwashing. So maybe Nancy disappeared as a result of her of her involvement in the DLM, changed her identity and is still alive somewhere — but why would she leave behind all of her stuff?
It’s also entirely on the cards that Nancy met with foul play: she had the habit of hitchhiking, and could have accepted a ride from the wrong person. MP hitchhikers are all too common on the Charley Project.
Or, she could have died of natural causes after her disappearance. Nancy had a medical condition, namely epilepsy, but I don’t know how severe it was. She required medication to control condition. Seizures can kill, and epilepsy can also cause death indirectly. For example, one of my boyfriend’s cousins died when he was a child, after he had an epileptic seizure while swimming and drowned.
Best case scenario is that Nancy is still alive and is either missing voluntarily, or doesn’t recall her identity. (Anyone know whether epilepsy can cause amnesia?)
If she is alive, she is
65 55 today.