Bundy: Nancy Wilcox (Confessed)

          In today’s post, we’re jumping to the first unsubstantiated confession to come out of Bundy’s time in Utah. Unlike with Georgann’s or Donna’s cases, however, Bundy’s confession doesn’t seem to quite line up with what we know about the disappearance of Nancy Wilcox. Let’s explore.

Who Was Nancy?

          Nancy Wilcox was born on July 4, 1958 to Herbert and Connie Wilcox. She had five siblings – four brothers and a sister – though I could not find anything about where Nancy fell in the birth order. In 1974, she was 16 years old and a junior at Olympus high school, where she had an active social life. She enjoyed cheerleading and participating in her church. She and her family were of Mormon faith. She stood around 5’6” and weighed around 120 pounds. She had brown hair and brown eyes. And on a seemingly normal day in October, she would vanish.

(A photo of Nancy taken shortly before her disappearance.
via IMDb)

The Disappearance

          On October 2, 1974, Nancy Wilcox left her school to go buy a pack of gum. A few individuals near the school claimed to have spotted Nancy in the passenger seat of a yellow Volkswagen Bug shortly after she left school. This is the last time anyone ever saw any sign of Nancy. At the time of her disappearance, Nancy was wearing a new NOI brand coat, a dress (size 9) and shoes (size 6 ½). No further information is available regarding the description of Nancy’s clothing.

The Investigation

          It’s unclear how quickly Nancy was reported missing, though the investigation did not get off on a good foot. According to most sources, authorities did not take Nancy’s disappearance seriously, considering her a runaway from the get-go. I think it’s important to keep context in mind here, though. These officers were not on high alert like departments in Washington, as Nancy was one of the first in a long line of missing women in Utah. Of course, this is not to diminish the culpability of the investigators in writing the disappearance off as a runaway case without taking evidence into consideration. It was clear that Nancy had every intention of returning to her life after her errand. She left all of her belongings behind, including jewelry that she held near and dear to her heart. She also had no trouble in her personal life or relationships. There was no reason for her to run away, and no reason for her case to be written of as a runaway.

The Bundy Connection

          This is another case in which the Bundy connection is twofold. First, Nancy was last seen in a yellow Volkswagen Bug, and we know that Bundy drove a car that fit that description. Bundy was also known to have been in the Holladay area of Utah at the time of Nancy’s disappearance. However, Bundy disputed the idea that Nancy had ever been in his car, no matter what witnesses said. The second part of the Bundy connection here is that he confessed to Nancy’s abduction and murder. He claimed he abducted her by knifepoint and took her to a nearby orchard to sexually assault her. He then strangled her to death before transporting her to Capitol Reef National Park and burning her remains. It’s important to note that this park is roughly 216 miles away from Halladay, where Nancy was allegedly abducted from.
          I have to pause here to again call bullshit on Bundy. First of all, he’s clearly lying about Nancy having never been in his car, since he buried her in a park that is a three and a half hour drive away. Secondly, there’s no way that no one would have not noticed Nancy acting strangely, walking with a strange man. People noticed her riding in a car behaving normally – if something out of the ordinary happened, that would have stuck in their minds. Why really bothers me about this is the why – why would he lie about having her in his car? What was he trying to obscure?

Investigating Agencies

          This case seems to have a bit more hope when it comes to tips. Bundy’s information is vague at best and no sign of her has ever been found. So, at this point in the series, I think you all know the drill – if you or anyone you know think they have information regarding the disappearance and alleged murder of Nancy Wilcox, please contact the proper authorities. Though her parents and two of her brothers have passed on without knowing the truth of Nancy’s final moments, her three other siblings are still out there searching for answers. They deserve to know what happened, and Nancy deserves to have her full story told. Pass any information to the Unified Police Department at 801-743-7000, in reference to case number 74-54455.

Sources

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