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Missing Nancy Debra Willis
Willis, circa 1986
Missing Since 12/23/1986
Bradley County, Tennessee
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 01/28/1961 (60)
Age 25 years old
Height and Weight 5'3, 125 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description Unknown, but she usually wears blue jeans, sneakers, socks, and flannel shirts in the wintertime. She doesn't wear much jewelry.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Light brown hair, brown eyes. Nancy goes by her middle name, Debra, or the nickname Debbie. Her maiden name is Winegar and her previous married name is Barr. She previously fractured her right leg in approximately eight places in a car accident.
Her husband, Howard Hawk Willis, said the last time he saw her was when she told him she was leaving him and he took her to a bus station in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Willises were building a home in Bradley County, Tennessee, but Nancy disappeared before they could move there.
They had been living temporarily with Howard's mother on Brentwood Drive in Johnson City, Tennessee and they knew Howard; in fact, they married in a double ceremony alongside Howard's daughter and her husband. Samantha's body and parts of Adam's were found in a rented storage unit, and his head and hands were found in Boone Lake.
Howard didn't go to trial for the murders until 2010, eight years after he was charged. He was convicted and sentenced to death. He has never been charged in Nancy's disappearance, but he is considered a suspect in her case.
Nancy has previously lived in Johnson City as well as Denver, Colorado and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.
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