Lillian LaWren Nance
Nance, approximate photo date 2001
Missing since: 07/02/2001
Gastonia, North Carolina
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 01/01/1969 (51)
Age at time of disappearance: 32 years old
Height / Weight: 5'4, 130 pounds
Description, clothing, tattoos, other identifying markings: A floral spaghetti-strap shirt and dark blue denim shorts.
Other characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Nance's nickname is Libby. She has an eight- to ten-inch scar extending from her left shoulder blade to her left arm, a small scar above her right eyebrow, and small scars on both her hands and legs.
Details at time of disappearance: Nance's family members last saw her in the late afternoon on June 20, 2001, walking away from her mother's former residence in the vicinity of the 1200 block of Sunshine Street in Gastonia, North Carolina. She left with a male friend, saying she was either going to the store or going home. She never arrived home and never contacted her family again, although she was sighted in Gastonia on July 2.
Nance lived with a friend on Avon Street at the time of her disappearance. Her mother stated she rarely left her hometown and had no reason to walk out of her life. Her family reported her missing in August.
About a year after Nance went missing, her mother heard she had been sighted in Atlanta, Georgia. Nance's mother traveled to Atlanta seven times to look for her daughter. People there said they had seen her and that she was going by her nickname, Libby, but the sightings were never verified and Nance was never located.
Foul play is suspected in Nance's case police believe she was murdered. A possible suspect is the man she was dating at the time of her disappearance her family stated he regularly beat her. He still lives in the Gastonia area and hasn't been publicly identified.
Nance was declared legally dead in 2014 her family had this done so they could collect her life insurance. Her disappearance remains unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Gastonia Police Department
Other information: NamUs
The Gaston Gazette
Gastonia Police Department
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated June 20, 2019 details of disappearance updated.