Nancy Elizabeth Branch

Above: Branch, circa 1992


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 16, 1992 from Santa Barbara, California
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 25, 1963
  • Age: 29 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Branch has pierced ears.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Branch was returning to Palo Alto, California from a weekend in Santa Barbara, California with three friends on December 6, 1992. The group departed from Santa Barbara Airport at approximately 12:00 p.m. They were aboard a single-engine Piper Archer airplane at the time. The last communication from the aircraft was received about eight minutes later.

    Weather conditions at the time the plane was in flight were described as "treacherous," but the pilot did not give any indication that something was wrong on board the aircraft. The plane never arrived in Palo Alto and it and its occupants have never been seen again.

    An extensive search of the area produced no clues as to where the plane was. Investigators received a tip that it had crashed somewhere near the Big Basin area of California, but no evidence was discovered. Branch and her companions are believed to be deceased, but are still classified as missing since their remains were never found. Menlo Park, California police are investigating Branch's case.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Menlo Park Police Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Doe Network


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 27, 2005.

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