Flashback Friday: Nancy Jason

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.


5 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Nancy Jason

  1. Peter Henderson Jr. October 4, 2013 / 6:52 am


    Nancy was born on September 9, 1958, she is now 55.

    Nancy grew up in the Chevy Chase, Maryland area. She had just graduated from high school, and during the spring/ early summer of 1977 was living with 7 to 10 other Divine Light Mission followers in the Bethesda “premie” house. A “premie” house was were new adherents to the Divine Light Mission stayed.

    There were reports of a white male, probably in his 30’s, medium build, hanging around the premie’s during this timeframe. Reports state that the man appeared to have his own agenda, and was looking to recruit his own followers. It is unknown who this man is or if he has any information about Nancy‘s disappearance, but investigators would like to locate him. They have reached out to old Divine Light Mission followers who may remember Nancy or this man. So far with no success.

    My take on Nancy’s case.

  2. Princess Shantae October 4, 2013 / 7:57 am

    Epilepsy does not cause amnesia, at least not the total amnesia where the person has no idea who they are or how they got there. There is often some memory loss after a seizure but its mainly confined to the time immediately before the seizure.
    I don’t know anything about the Divine Light Mission but I would not want to call it a cult or brainwashing without a whole lot more info. I notice a tenency of a lot of ppl to call any kind of religion a cult or brainwashing that they don’t happen to agree with.
    Meaghan, I have a suggestion for your Select It Sunday. Johnny Lee Mills from Missouri. I think he’s the only MP you’ve got who we don’t actually know for sure who he is, since apparently everything he told the social workers and police was a lie.

    • Meaghan October 4, 2013 / 1:41 pm

      I had a seizure once — it just kind of happened, for no apparent reason. Just the one time. I had been carrying a bottle of pop and sat down on the couch, and that’s the last thing I remember before I had the seizure. When I came to, I was still sitting down but had somehow managed to spill the pop down all over my backside. Still can’t figure out how that happened.

  3. NH October 4, 2013 / 10:21 pm

    Thank you.

  4. Dallas Goodale October 5, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    I have read up on seizures in the last 2 years. Mainly because my husband had 2 one day for no apparent reason. Come to find out, he’d had a stroke and also had hyperthyroidism. From all the reading, it seems that a lot of people with seizures also have a myriad of other health problems so while maybe epilepsy by itself may not cause amnesia, who knows what other problems the person may have. Plus, the likelihood of hitting her head after a seizure would increase the chance of amnesia.

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