Nelda Louise Hardwick

Above: Hardwick, circa 1993

  • Missing Since 10/14/1993
  • Missing From Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 01/03/1959 (59)
  • Height and Weight 5'3, 110 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description Blue jeans and sandals.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Dark brown hair, hazel eyes. Hardwick has a complete set of dentures. Her left leg is shorter than her right one and she limps badly as a result. Hardwick may use the alias last names Bailey or Fruge. She has numerous surgical scars on her head and body.

Details of Disappearance

Hardwick was last seen in her home on 18th Street in Lake Charles, Louisiana on October 14, 1993. She apparently left the residence during the nighttime hours. She left a note for her live-in boyfriend stating that she was going to the store and would return in a short time. However, she never did. Her boyfriend reported her missing the next day.

Hardwick left her four children behind in her house when she vanished; her loved ones say she was a devoted mother and would not have abandoned them. Authorities suspect foul play was involved in her disappearance and have classified it as a homicide.

Investigating Agency

  • Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office 800-259-3737

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated June 2, 2012; clothing/jewelry description updated.