Gracie Nash

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Above Images: Nash, circa 1983


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 26, 1983 from Austin, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 30, 1944
  • Age: 39 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 112 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Nash wears a full set of dentures.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white nurse's uniform and a gray coat with a large fur collar.
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    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 that a "very violent assault" had taken place 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 below 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. Their brother, Melvin "Butch" Davis, was shot in the wrist by his girlfriend, Naomi Easley, 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.

    John Davis
    Above: John Davis


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


    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Doe Network
    The Austin American-Statesman
    The Texas Tribune


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 17, 2006; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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