Marcia Lynn Joyce

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Above Images: Joyce, circa 1978

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 30, 1978 from Bellingham, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 27, 1950
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown to blonde hair, blue eyes. Joyce's nickname is Marci.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Joyce was last seen hanging laundry in the backyard of home in the 4700 block of Everson-Goshen Road in Bellingham, Washington during the morning hours of August 30, 1978. She was home alone with her two children at the time. Her husband had gone to Northwestern Commercial Bank at Alabama Street and James Street to make a withdrawal from the family's account. Joyce left her children inside the house while she hung laundry. When her son came out to see her, she was gone. She has never been heard from again.

    When Joyce's husband went to the bank that day, he discovered someone had withdrawn all the money from the account. This withdrawal probably happened a few days previously. Authorities don't know who made the withdrawal and believe it could have been Joyce. The bank is now closed, but authorities are trying to locate former employees who might remember the 1978 transaction.

    It's possible Joyce left of her own accord, but her family doesn't believe she would have abandoned her children. Foul play is suspected in Joyce's case; her disappearance is considered a potential homicide. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office
    360-676-6650

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    Source Information
    Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office
    Washington State Missing Persons
    The Bellingham Herald
    Unsolved in the News
    The Seattle Times

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 20, 2009; details of disappearance updated.

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