Nancy Ann Penner

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Above Images: Nancy, circa 1983


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 31, 1983 from Paradise, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 22, 1954
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Nancy smoked cigarettes in 1983.
  • Medical Conditions: Penner was abusing cocaine and alcohol at the time of her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Nancy lived with her boyfriend, Jeff Jeffries, and her two young children, Omar Penner and Yana Jeffries, in the 2000 block of Dean Road in Paradise, California at the time of her disappearance. Yana was Jeff's child and Omar was from another relationship. Nancy's friend invited her over to celebrate Halloween on October 31, 1983. This is the last day Nancy had contact with anyone. She never arrived at her friend's home. A few weeks later, her brother tried to contact her to invite her over for the Thanksgiving Day dinner, but he wasn't able to reach her. Her brother reported her missing on December 19. Jeff stated he had come home one day and discovered blood in the house and Nancy gone.

    On December 22, which was Nancy's birthday, Jeff took her two children and left California, flying to Hawaii. He later returned with them. He left Omar with relatives in California, and left Yana with his stepsister in Iowa. Omar was adopted and changed his name to Daniel, though as an adult he resumed using his birth name. Jeff committed suicide in 1986. As an adult, Omar remembered seeing Jeff shoot Nancy in the family's bathroom. Nancy ran out of the house holding her arm and Omar never saw her again. Police did find a bullet lodged in the bathroom cabinet at Jeff and Nancy's house, which supports Omar's memory.

    Very little evidence is available as to Nancy's fate; the investigation stalled after Jeff's death. Omar believes her body may be buried in a remote area of Butte County, California or possibly thrown down one of the region's many mine shafts. Nancy's case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Butte County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The Chico News and Review
    California Attorney General's Office
    Butte County Sheriff's Office
    Facebook Page for Nancy Penner


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 26, 2017; picture added.

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