This week’s featured missing person is Walter Sidney Grant, a 61-year-old Native American man who disappeared from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 17, 1992.
He was homeless at the time of his disappearance, and for that reason (and his age–he’d be in his late eighties now) I doubt he’s still alive. He had distinctive tattoos, and I hope if his body is located, he can be identified.
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Anwesha Dey, a 30-year-old woman of Indian nationality who disappeared from Lincoln, Nebraska on May 3, 2015. She had moved to the area to attend graduate school at the University of Nebraska.
We basically know what happened; it’s a matter of finding her. Anwesha was walking home from a friend’s house when she fell into a creek. It wasn’t deep, but it had a strong current and she couldn’t swim. She was swept away and is presumed drowned.
No one was around I guess, but her last moments were captured by a surveillance camera owned by a nearby business.
Anwesha’s body could theoretically have made it all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
This week’s Flashback Friday case is Ronald LeRoy Zellmer, who disappeared from Sioux City, Iowa on April 6, 1985 at the age of 31, and his car was found abandoned on a bridge just over in the border in Nebraska during the wee hours. Zellmer had depression and the police don’t seem to be sure whether he committed suicide or whether something else, such as abduction, happened to him.
This week’s featured missing person is Christi Jo Nichols, a 22-year-old mother of two who disappeared from the town of Gothenburg in central Nebraska two weeks before Christmas in 1987.
Although her then-husband, Mark, says she simply left him,the police disagree and are investigating this case as a possible homicide. What person who’s run away ditches their car, their purse and the suitcase they packed? Whenever a person disappears and their car is left behind, I tend to think that it was probably not voluntary, unless there’s evidence to the contrary (i.e. a bus or plane ticket). Especially in a state like Nebraska, I should think, you really need a car to get anywhere.
The most recent article I could find about this case was from 2012.
This week’s Flashback Friday case is Mary Oliva, a 79-year-old woman who disappeared from Wilber, Nebraska in July of 1973. Her husband Frank, 76, disappeared with her. They were never found, and neither was their vehicle. Obviously we’re not going to find either of them alive.
The prevailing theory seems to be that this was a case of murder-suicide, that Frank chose to drive their car into a lake because he couldn’t handle Mary’s health problems. This theory seems to be mostly supposition with little hard evidence to support it, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
R.I.P. Frank and Mary Oliva, wherever you are.
Just realized it’s been 14 years this day that Jason Jolkowski walked out of his Omaha, Nebraska house into the void. His mother, Kelly Murphy, founded Project Jason in his honor. Project Jason is a great organization; I refer a lot of MP families to it. Kelly is an amazing woman and I admire her ability to bring something good out of this tragedy in her family. I hope this year is the year that Jason gets found.
I’m running a bit dry on list ideas at the moment, but I can always continue my “people missing from state capitals” series. See previous lists: one, two, three, four and five. This week I’m doing Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire and New Jersey.
- Shannon Clair LaBau
- John Baptiste Reamer
- Marilyn M. Alexander
- Regina Marie Boss
- Felicia L. Heinen
- Eugene F. McGuire
Carson City, Nevada
- John A. Randall
Concord, New Hampshire
- Shirley Ann McBride
- Raul A. Martinez
Trenton, New Jersey
- Melissa Diane McGuinn
- Danielle Marie Nuttall-Ravert
- Antoinette R. Williams