Walcie Rae Downing
Downing, approximately 1956
Date and time person was reported missing : 12/14/1956
Missing location (approx) :
Gallup, New Mexico
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 32 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 130 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white blouse, blue jeans and an engAge at the time of disappearance: ment ring.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Native American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Downing may go by her middle name, Rae. Her maiden name is Alston and her previous married name is Pearce (sometimes spelled "Pierce"). Downing has moles on her back, and her ears are pierced.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Downing was last seen in Gallup, New Mexico on December 14, 1956. She drove a cream or tan 1952 or 1954 Ford at the time of her disappearance; it has never been recovered. It's possible she contacted her children by phone in around 1959, but this hasn't been confirmed. She has never been heard from again.
Downing was born in Arkansas and had lived in Arizona, Texas and California as well as New Mexico. Her family stated she was going through a difficult time at the time of her disappearance, including a broken relationship. She may have been having an affair with a police officer.
When she left, she told her fourteen-year-old daughter not to look for her. Nevertheless, her five children don't believe she would have abandoned them permanently.
One theory is that she was murdered in the area of Grants, New Mexico or somewhere in the lava fields, known as the malpais. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Gallup Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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