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NV NAN CECIL DIXON: Missing from Lovelock, NV- 22 Sept 1978- Age 73

Discussion in 'Missing 1900 to 1979' started by KareBear, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    Screenshot_20190327-015016_Chrome.jpg Screenshot_20190327-015106_Chrome.jpg Screenshot_20190327-015034_Chrome.jpg Missing Since: September 22, 1978
    Location Last Seen: Lovelock, Pershing County, Nevada

    Physical Description
    Date of Birth: August 4, 1905
    Age: 73 years old
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height: 4'8"- 4'10"
    Weight: 110 - 120 lbs.
    Hair Color: Graying red hair.
    Eye Color: Brown
    Nickname/Alias: Nanny Leighton
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown

    Dentals: Available
    Fingerprints: Not Available

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: Usually wore a dress, 50's/60's style.
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Dixon was last seen in Grass Valley, California on September 21, 1978. She was leaving for a nearly three-hour trip to visit her brother, Harry Leighton, and his family in Seven Troughs, Nevada, near Lovelock, in an unincorporated part of Pershing County, NV. She planned to have dinner in Boomtown, NV, on the day of her departure.

    Dixon was last seen driving her 1976 Datsun B210 4-door, lime green-yellow in color with California license plate #915RHV. Dixon never arrived at her destination and her family reported her missing a short time later. The sheriff of Pershing County at the time, said that his office didn't have any evidence that Dixon had ever reached his county. However, nearly three months later, Dixon's husband received a charge card bill for $4.18 from a Texaco gas station in Lovelock. The new revelation prompted a subsequent round of searches, but there were no results.

    Dixon's family hired psychics and private investigators and sent them to Nevada. In November 1982, the car Dixon was driving was found by coyote hunters in a ravine below the main road of the Seven Troughs turnoff. The abandoned vehicle was found in a snow-covered mining area called Eager Pitcher, 27 miles north of Lovelock. The area had been previously searched from the air and by ground and the car had not been concealed with brush or other cover. However, it was in such a position as not to be seen unless viewed directly down from a cliff above.

    The car appeared to have been deliberately driven over a rocky road and into the ravine. Tire tracks could be seen where it left the road and traversed down into the gulch. The tires were badly scuffed from having been driven over the rocky road, but otherwise held air and were considered to be in reasonably good condition. The car also contained a half tank of gasoline.

    A possible suicide note had been planted inside the car. Family members do not believe Dixon would kill herself because she was "strong and lively". Also, the note had not been signed.

    Disturbing evidence found inside the car included four empty cigarette cartons. Although Dixon had been a light smoker who only took part in the habit occasionally, it seemed highly unlikely that she had consumed four cartons of cigarettes within the confines of her vehicle. Besides, the cartons were not of the same brand that Dixon had smoked. Portions of black electrical tape were found inside the car as well, and one roll that was intact contained a single hair and what appeared to be tissue attached to it. What appeared to be bloodstains were found on a mat inside the trunk, as well as on a tire and a rim, suggestive of the possibility that a body had been transported in the car's trunk. A suspect in the case has since passed away. The Pershing County Sheriff's Department closed the case as a "suicide," and in the years since Dixon's disappearance all of the evidence in the case has also disappeared.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Nevada County Sheriff's Office
    Agency Contact Person: Detective Robert Jakobs
    Agency Phone Number: (530)-265-7012
    Agency E-Mail: sheriff@co.nevada.ca.us
    Agency Case Number: 1780-7455

    Agency Name: Pershing County Sheriff's Office
    Agency Contact Person: Sergeant Michael Stephens
    Agency Phone Number:(775)- 273-2641
    Agency E-Mail: mstephens@pershingcounty.net
    Agency Case Number: PC-017933

    NCIC Case Number: Unknown
    NamUs Case Number: 17992


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  2. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    Real Life Is Horror Blog
    Saturday, 22 April 2017


    A user over at Tumblr asked me what I thought happened to missing woman Nan Dixon.
    Honestly, I hadn’t heard of the case before, so I decided to check it out and write a post of my own.


    73 year old Nan Celine Dixon went missing on the 21st of September in 1978 from Grass Valley, California. Dixon had set off from her grass valley home and was making her way to Seven Troughs, Nevada to drop in on her brother, a man named Harry Leighton. He owed her around $6000 and she was going to collect it.

    According to her Doenetwork page the journey should have taken around three hours and her destination was around 180 miles away nearby a place called Lovelock.
    She was to make the trip alone, riding in her 1976 Datsun B210. I’ve seen it described as “Lime green” or “Yellowish green” in color with California plates, registration 915RHV.

    (image source)

    Nan Dixon never met with her brother and his family and despite searches was never heard from again. Strangely, around three months later the missing woman’s husband noticed that $4.18 had been used on his charge card. It turned out that the cash had been spent on gas in Lovelock. The monthly statement revealed it was a Texaco gas station. Despite further searches no trace of Nan Dixon or her vehicle were found. The lime green Datsun was eventually discovered by hunters four years after Dixon had been reported missing.


    Strangely it was found in a place that investigators had previously looked, (apparently the car was found on “Eagle Picher mining property.”/ 40.29482, -118.7821)

    This, coupled with tire marks that seemed to pull off the main highway and drive down into a valley and into a gorge, suggested that the car had been deliberately driven in that direction. Nan Dixon’s body was not in the car but the Charley project page states that there were a couple of pieces of duct tape, one of which had “possible human tissue” and a strand of hair. It doesn’t say whether or not the hair and tissue belonged to Dixon or someone else. If they did belong to Dixon it could suggest she was gagged at some point, although if she was using the tape it would have been quite easy to get a piece of her own skin and hair on it in general. The case report also states that there “appeared” to be blood on the rim of the car tire, the tire itself and in the trunk. I’m not sure why it is stated to only “appear” as blood, I mean is it or isn’t it? It’s not difficult to confirm. Also was it her blood or not? Does anyone else know?
    A commenter on the reddit unresolved page said it wasn’t proven to be blood.

    In a Ventura county star article from 1982 Deputy Sheriff Bill Davis admitted that he suspected foul play due to evidence found in the car, but did not elaborate.

    There were four empty cigarette packs in Dixon’s car too. She was described by her family as a “light smoker” and since the packs found in the Datsun weren’t her usual brand they don’t believe that they belonged to the missing woman. To be honest, I know light smokers who sometimes smoke more depending on what they’re doing or how they’re feeling and who would rather some a brand they didn’t like over nothing, so I’m not sure if the cigarettes indicate anything suspicious. I suppose (at a stretch) if they think someone else moved the car since it wasn’t there when they did the previous searches it could be a clue to who moved it, but it really isn’t much to go on.

    I should note that the gas tank was half full. Could this be the $4.18 of gas in Lovelock? A full tank of gas for that specific model of car in the late seventies / early eighties was around $8, so that could make sense.

    Now another thing found in Datsun was what police believed to be a suicide note. Here’s a copy of it


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    The general consensus is that it says:

    "...keeps telling me to use my gun and end my nightmare, but this I'll never do for God gives life, only God can take life, committing suicide is the unpardonable sin and I will never be..."

    What could this mean?

    Some suggest that she might have got into a survival type situation and considered ending it with her gun, but couldn’t do it due to religious beliefs.
    The vehicle was found in an area by hunters so it possible she could have went off the road and was taken by wild animals? The note seems desperate and scared, like she’s in a situation where she feels she had no way out and contemplates ending it with her gun. It’s possible she just wandered off and didn’t make it.
    What happened to Nan C. Dixon?
    The case remains unsolved.

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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Do they still have the cigarette packs so they can check for any DNA, though likely it would be gone by now.

    If her card was used in Lovelock, I have to wonder why it's being reported that she never made it to see her brother.
  4. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    They knew she made it by reviewing a gas purchase made in Lovelock, NV. When her brother was questioned he reported that his sister never made it to his residence. From what I have learned about the case, it seems they can only take his word for it as their is no evidence to suggest otherwise. The cigarettes have always stuck out to me as well, especially since they were not her brand, nor was she a heavy smoker as the piled up cigarette cartons would suggest. The question regarding the DNA is a great one! I dont not believe I have come across an answer to that but I will investigate further into that inquiry. Although they didn't have the forensics technology that we have today, I do believe investigators collected such evidence in case it could be used in the future. If they did, it would atleast let us know if she was the last person to drive her vehicle...
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  5. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    YouTuber's, Bob and his daughter Emma, AKA the 'Explore With Us' (EWU) crew, have released another fantastic video investigating the disappearance of Nan Dixon! Here's the link:
  6. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    First suspect I would say. Her Brother. But it's stated she never made it. But I don't believe it was "Suicide". She was driving to get $6,000.

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