A switcheroo: Wendy Abrams-Nishikai

Because I accidentally ran Monday’s list on Sunday, I decided to do the Select It Sunday on Monday, just for this week. I will resume abnormal programming this coming weekend. Here you go:

This week’s Select It Sunday/Monday case is Wendy Jamie Abrams-Nishikai, suggested by Justin. Unfortunately it’s one of Charley’s “few details are available” cases; I have absolutely nothing on her. She disappeared on Halloween in 1989, and would be 46 years old today.

The excellent Whereabouts Still Unknown blog has an entry for her, but the blogger wasn’t able to uncover any information about her disappearance. She was a student at the University of California at Berkeley — probably the most prestigious of the UC schools — and had a two-year-old daughter.

That’s all that I know. And I think that’s really sad.

23 thoughts on “A switcheroo: Wendy Abrams-Nishikai

  1. pocketbausch September 15, 2014 / 8:40 pm


    I am wondering if on your list you have a Venita Crook, age 22 of Cody, WY who went missing May 1st, 1961 after walking away from a fishing camp near Yellowstone National a Park? Have not seen her listed anywhere, don’t know if she is still missing. I’m just wondering.



    • Meaghan September 15, 2014 / 8:43 pm

      I’ve never heard of her.

  2. Angie September 16, 2014 / 11:38 am

    This whole case is so weird to me. Nobody cared enough about her disappearance to publicize her case or give any information on her at all or put up more than one blurry picture where you can barely see her face. Usually if a young college student, especially a woman, disappears the media publicizes it pretty extensively, but it seems like this case got nothing. Also the fact that she was a teen mom but yet still had the resources to get into and attend UC Berkeley, especially with seemingly no family looking out for her…the whole thing is just strange. They do say she’s “voluntary missing” but there must have been some circumstances that caused people to file the report and also to withhold information.

    Her daughter would be around 27 by now…I wonder what she thinks about the disappearance and what, if anything, she’s been told?

    My hope for the “few details are available” cases is always that the police know more than they’re saying.

  3. JN October 27, 2014 / 11:27 pm

    Thanks for continuing to post this case, it keeps some hope to know shes not a forgotten case.

    To Angie: Yes her daughter is 27, and I do know shes a “voluntary” missing person. Wendy does have family that cares.

  4. riarekt@gmail.com May 24, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Hi, I am an old friend of Wendy’s. We were very close friends, in fact she lived with me for a period when she wasn’t getting along with her parents. There is a ton more to this story. I have always wanted my friend back , and amongst the local Berkeley crowd most of us are to scared to ask or inquire, due to the stories we’ve heard. If anyone is researching more, please let me know, I’m happy to discuss.


    • Jane January 21, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      I am one of Wendy’s relatives. If you have any information or theories from the “local Berkeley crowd” please let me know! Thank you! Happy to see that people outside of our family are still searching for answers.

      ___ Jane

      • lifeasiknowitttt December 15, 2020 / 12:33 am

        Hello– did Wendy have any tattoos or piercings that you know of?

      • Maria December 15, 2020 / 3:16 am

        Yes, she had a cross on her chest, that’s the only tattoo I remember.

      • lifeasiknowitttt December 15, 2020 / 12:23 pm

        Hi Maria— did you hear this about her tattoo second hand or did you know her personally?

      • Maria December 15, 2020 / 12:25 pm

        Yes, I knew Wendy very well. She lived with my family for some time during high school. we were very close

      • lifeasiknowitttt December 15, 2020 / 12:24 pm

        Apologies— I see now that you may have been the O.P. of this comment.

      • lifeasiknowitttt December 15, 2020 / 1:21 pm

        Maria– do you know if Wendy had any medical conditions? Trying to get any information I can to help in my research. Thank you so much for your response!

      • Maria December 16, 2020 / 1:01 am

        Wendy was very healthy. Are you in her family? Or what sparks your interest about her case?

      • lifeasiknowitttt December 16, 2020 / 1:21 am

        Hi Maria,

        No, I am not a family member— I found her case online and was so sad to see how little there is about her case. I just have a heart for the missing and wanted to help however possible. I started doing a bit of digging and found something I think could be significant(but also could be nothing). I reached out to Berkeley PD this morning to pass it along in case there is anything to it.

      • lifeasiknowitttt February 3, 2021 / 6:05 pm

        Jane + Maria — I am not local to Berkeley and did not know Wendy. I did some digging a few months back and I found a Jane Doe that (in my opinion) closely resembled Wendy. When you said she had a cross tattoo I got chills and immediately contacted the police as this Jane Doe had a cross tattoo as well. I have not heard anything back from them on whether they were able to match the two yet. I have followed up a few times and no information yet on if there is a match. Would you be willing to take a look at the NAMUS page of the Jane Doe and give your opinion? Also if you have any more personal/specific information on Wendy that you could provide the police I am sure it would be beneficial to her case. Maybe the police know and just didn’t share but the missing persons information that is readily available does not even mention her tattoo.

      • Maria Recht February 3, 2021 / 6:10 pm

        That does send chills. Where do I go? namus.com? also, did they say where the tattoo was on her body? I think it was on her left breast/shoulder area, but it could have been on her left hand as well, I can’t remember.

      • lifeasiknowitttt February 3, 2021 / 6:18 pm

        I’ve been regularly contacting Berkeley PD asking for updates on the comparison and it’s been almost 2 months now and I haven’t received an answer. Maybe it would be different if friends/family contacted them?

      • Justin May 17, 2021 / 5:24 pm

        My advice if you are not getting anywhere with the Berkeley Police Department about if Wendy and the unidentified female decedent have been compared would be to contact the California Department of Justice, Missing and Unidentified Persons Section (MUPS) and inform them of this. Their website is https://oag.ca.gov/missing and the phone number is (916) 210-3119 and the email is missing.persons@doj.ca.gov . Be sure to mention the green cross on the chest. I know she has a daughter named Jamie who was born in 1987, so if her daughter is still alive, they can get MtDNA for a comparison.

    • lifeasiknowitttt December 16, 2020 / 12:50 am

      Hi Maria– I would like to first say that I am so sorry for your loss. I realize I did not initally say that and I apologize. Nobody should have to lose someone in this way. In your initial comment you said you are happy to discuss with anyone researching and I am very interested in hearing more about what you know and think about the case.

  5. Patrick Kerrigan November 24, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    I think that you should share your ideas about the crowd at Berkeley, California. I mean if someone harmed her we need to deal with them and find out what happened to her.

    There are people on websleuths and other sites that will not hesitate to contact the right people and provide the information.

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