Nancy Moyer, 36 at the time, was last seen going into her house in Tenino, Washington on Friday, March 6, 2009. When her estranged husband showed up the following Sunday to drop off their two daughters, she was gone. The front door was open; the TV was on; a half-glass of wine was on the table; the car was in the driveway; and her purse, wallet, cellphone, and keys were inside the house. There was no sign of forced entry or a struggle. She’d simply disappeared without a trace.
This Nancy Moyer wiki looks at her life, family, relationships, strange disappearance, suspects, and the ongoing hunt for the loving mother of two.
|About Nancy Kareen Moyer|
|Birth||November 22, 1972 Olympia, Washington|
|Children||Samantha Moyer, Amanda Moyer|
|Last Seen||6th March, 2009|
Who Is Nancy Moyer?
Born November 22, 1972, Nancy Kareen Moyer grew up in Olympia, Thurston County, Washington, the state’s capital.
Her mom was Sandra Hedlund. She had a sister, Sharon Wilbur.
The vivacious and outgoing Moyer was popular in high school. According to friends, she’s the type of person who can get along with anybody. In fact, everybody seemed to have a story about how kind Nancy Moyer could be.
After graduating from high school, Moyer attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg, 150 miles east of Olympia. There, she studied accounting.
One summer, while interning for an agricultural company, Nancy met Bill Moyer. The two hit it off and soon started dating.
After graduating, Nancy and Bill married in 1996. One year later, Nancy secured a prestigious job as a fiscal analyst with the State Department of Ecology in Lacey, Washington. As she was wont to do, Moyer became fast friends with her colleagues.
It wasn’t long until Moyer became pregnant with her first child, Samantha. She was excited about becoming a mother. Not long afterward, the couple had their second child, Amanda.
According to coworkers, Moyer was living out her dream, with the job and family she had always wanted.
Moyer Marriage Starts to Crumble
As Nancy Moyer’s family grew, so too did her responsibilities at work. By all accounts, Moyer was living the perfect life, but her marriage itself wasn’t ideal.
Marrying young allowed Moyer to start her family right away, but it also had a downside: she didn’t get to do a lot of the wild things kids do when they’re young or in college. The couple slowly started to drift apart. After 11 years of marriage, Bill and Nancy Moyer separated in 2007.
The two never felt the need to get legally divorced. They stayed civil and cooperative for the sake of their two daughters.
Family was Nancy Moyer’s top priority. She wanted her two children to have a mother and father in their lives.
Nancy and Bill worked at making their separation a successful one and the co-parenting worked well. Nancy had the girls during the week and Bill took them on the weekend.
Newly Single Nancy Moyer Spreads Her Wings
After grieving the loss of her marriage, Nancy Moyer began to live a little.
She got a number of tattoos to celebrate her new carefree life: an armband with stars, hearts, and flowers on her right upper arm; a butterfly on her lower back; the words “Doublemint” and “Juicyfruit” with flowers and hearts on her upper back; a hibiscus flower on her left hip; the Playboy bunny on her right hip; and cherries with the letters “A” and “S” on her right foot (presumably in honor of her daughters Amanda and Samantha).
Moreover, Moyer’s custody agreement meant that she could go out on Friday and Saturday nights and live the single life. But because she kept to herself, her friends, family, and husband say they had no idea just how social Nancy had become.
“She was very pretty, very attractive, and very bubbly, effervescent. People would instantly be attracted to her,” said coworker and friend Bev Poston.
“And I know, when you’ve been with one person for most of your life, and then all of a sudden your world changes, and you realize there are other men out there that find you attractive, it’s like, oh my gosh—a whole new world opens up.”
Moyer dipped her newly tattooed foot into the dating pool by going out with colleagues from her office. More confident, she eventually expanded her social circle, meeting new people and experiencing new things.
Friday, March 6, 2009: Last Confirmed Sighting of Nancy Moyer
The last time Nancy Moyer was seen was on Friday, March 6, 2009.
She left work at 5:15 p.m. with her carpool friend and coworker, Matthew Vandrush.
He dropped her off at her home in Tenino, Washington, a small town with a population of about 1,650 located 25 miles south of Olympia. She lived on the 700 block of Washington 507.
She told Matthew that even though Bill had the kids for the weekend, she was looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home.
A short time later, Moyer headed over to the local Thriftway Market, where she bought a bottle of wine and other items. She left the grocery store and drove back home.
At around 6:00 p.m., a Tenino police officer was running radar at the corner where she lived and saw her pull up to her house. She was alone. The officer also saw her get her bags out of the car and take them into the house.
That is the last confirmed sighting of Nancy Moyer, 36.
The evidence shows that Moyer opened up a bottle of wine and settled in. Because she did not have any plans, no one expected to hear from her over the course of the weekend.
That said, a neighbor thinks he might have heard her later that night.
“He heard her car, he heard a car door, and just before the car door closed, she said, ‘Hurry up, let’s get going,’” recalled Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Detective David Haller.
Moyer’s neighbor assumed she was talking to her children and didn’t think anything of it. That is, until she was reported missing two days later.
Sunday, March 8, 2009: Nancy Moyer’s Missing
That Sunday night started out like any other, with Bill Moyer dropping his two daughters off at Nancy’s house. But when he got to her home, something was off.
“I never missed a drop-off or a pick-up, and neither did she,” he said. “So this was 100% out of character for her to be missing, and it just, it felt wrong instantly.”
Despite the chilly March air, Nancy Moyer’s front door was open.
“It wasn’t unusual,” Bill recalled. “She’d walk in the neighborhood sometime. So I took the kids in and we waited for a few minutes, thinking oh, she’d come back from a walk. But she didn’t.”
When his ex didn’t show up, he took the girls back to his house. And returned a little while later to try again.
Still no Nancy.
“So we came back again, but realized that she hadn’t taken her purse or her keys or her cellphone. All the normal things you would expect to take with you are there, still sitting in the house,” said Bill. “I remember a glass of wine was half-drank on the table, and you know, just things were just kind of in their usual places. It was just, it was just like she just vanished.”
Alarmed, Bill began calling Nancy’s friends and coworkers. No one had seen her or knew where she was.
Knowing Nancy Moyer would never miss meeting her kids on a Sunday night, Bill filed a missing person’s report with the local police. The next day, the case was turned over to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, specifically to now-retired Detective David Haller.