Gracie Nash

Nash, circa 1983; John Davis

  • Missing Since 12/26/1983
  • Missing From Austin, Texas
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 04/30/1944 (74)
  • Age 39 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'5, 112 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white nurse's uniform and a gray coat with a large fur collar.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Nash wears a full set of dentures. Her ears are pierced.

Details of Disappearance

Nash was last seen leaving her place of employment, the Eastfare Nursing Home in the 2800 block of east Martin Luther King Boulevard in Austin, Texas, after finishing her shift at 11:00 p.m. on December 26, 1983. She has never been heard from again.

Her green and white 1971 Chevrolet with the Texas license plate number PPT621 was found abandoned in the 2200 block of east 22nd Street, near Maple, two days after her disappearance. There were signs of a "very violent assault" inside the vehicle, including large amounts of dried blood.

Six weeks after Nash's disappearance, her brother, John Davis, was shot to death outside his home while he was on his way to work. A photograph of Davis is posted with this case summary. His murder remains unsolved.

Investigators believe John's murder and Nash's disappearance may be connected in some way to their brother's girlfriend, Naomi Easley. She shot their brother, Melvin "Butch" Davis, in the wrist  two months before Nash disappeared. Melvin survived.

Easley, who is also known as Naomi Easley Moore, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to probation. She was out on bail when Nash disappeared and John was killed, and investigators stated she had made numerous threats to harm Melvin and his family because he had ended their relationship.

In 1990, Easley was convicted of murdering her husband; he was shot to death in his home in 1989. She is currently incarcerated.

It should be emphasized that Easley has not been charged in connection with Nash's disappearance or John's murder. Both cases remain unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Austin Police Department 512-974-8643

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated May 17, 2006; picture added, details of disappearance updated.