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MT NYLEEN KAY MARSHALL: Missing from Clancy, MT - 25 June 1983 - Age 4

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by Scorpio, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member


    • Missing Since: June 25, 1983 from Clancy, Montana
    • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    • Date Of Birth: September 18, 1978
    • Age: 4 years old
    • Height and Weight: 3'2, 29 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Nyleen has a small mole above her left eyebrow and dimples on both cheeks. Her upper left baby tooth was chipped at the time she vanished. She has excess hair on her lower back and she is right-handed.
    • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A t-shirt and shorts.

    Details of Disappearance

    Nyleen accompanied her family on a picnic outing in the in the Helena National Forest in the Elkhorn Mountains on June 25, 1983 near her hometown of Clancy, Montana. She was playing with some children who walked ahead of her for a moment at approximately 4:00 p.m. When her companions turned around, Nyleen had vanished. An extensive search of the area turned up no indication of her whereabouts. An unknown man wearing a jogging suit was seen nearby just before she disappeared. It is not known if he was connected to Nyleen's case.
    Nyleen's family was questioned about her disappearance and her stepfather was considered a person of interest in her case. Her mother has since died; it was reported she was murdered in Mexico in the 1990s.

    In 1986, a person in Wisconsin sent investigators a typewritten letter saying he had picked up "a girl named Kay." The letter included details about Nyleen's case that had not been released to the general public. The writer explained that he had a good investment income, worked from home, and homeschooled Kay. He also traveled frequently with her all over the United States and in Canada and Great Britain. He said he loved the child and did not want to give her up, although he knew her family missed her. The letter was postmarked Madison, Wisconsin. An anonymous caller who claimed to be the author of the letter called the Child Find Network, a missing children's organization in New York, about Nyleen's case several times. The calls were traced to various phone booths, including one at a pharmacy in Edgerton, Wisconsin. Investigators stated the information in the phone calls and letter indicated sexual abuse.

    Nyleen has never been located. The person who wrote and telephoned authorities has not been identified, and it is unclear whether this individual actually had anything to do with her disappearance. It's possible Nyleen simply wandered away from the group and succumbed to the wilderness, but her disappearance is classified as a non-family abduction. Her case is unsolved.


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

    Kimster added media link: http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/...-1983-clancy-montana-age-progressed-pic.1685/


    edited by staff to fix link to the Charley Project
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  2. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Age progressions of Nyleen.

    [​IMG] Age progressed shortly after abduction.
    [​IMG]Age progressed to unknown age.

    [​IMG]Age-Progressed to 25 years

    [​IMG] Age progressed to 33.
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    Nyleen was last seen playing with several other children on the banks of a shallow creek at 4.00 PM. Extensive searches failed to locate Nyleen. Two girls remember a man dressed in a jogging suit in the area that was not apart of the group. Nyleen reportedly told a 6 year old boy that the man had told her to play ''follow the shadow ''

    In November 27, 1985 the NCMEC received an anonymous phone call from a man stating he had Nyleen. A few weeks later Child Find of America, received a type written note from someone claiming they had Nyleen. The man claimed he lives of substantial investments and that he and Nyleen travel frequently. The man included trips he took with Nyleen to San Francisco, New York, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Nashville, Chicago, Puerto Rico, Canada and a month in the United Kingdom.
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  11. JRM94

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    I think when Nancy said: ""One of the little boys, a six-year-old, said that Nyleen had told him, the man had told her to 'follow the shadow.'", she messed up at "Nyleen had told him" and went on to correct herself by saying "the man had told her". She makes it clear that this was the last time they were seen.

    Also, Nyleen wasn't the only child to go missing on June 25, 1983. A girl by the name of Vinyette Trudy Teague went missing in Chicago, Illinois on June 25, 1983 as well: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/t/teague_vinyette.html
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  12. Scorpio

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    Thanks for the correction, I wonder if the police ever checked for a link between Nyleen and Vinyette?
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  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Isn't it a day's drive between the two? It is eerie, nonetheless!

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  14. Scorpio

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    MONTANA – When you walk in to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, you walk past a three decade old mystery.

    “My gut tells me she is deceased,” said a somber Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle. Rewind to a sunny spring afternoon in 1983 when Nancy and Kim Marshall brought their children to a ham, or amateur, radio gathering with other enthusiasts in a meadow in the Elkhorn Mountains outside of Boulder, off Warm Springs Creek Road.

    Saturday, June 25 – A date that would change the lives of many. It was a very nice afternoon for a picnic, until she went missing. Four-year-old Nyleen Kay Marshall vanished from the fields where she was catching frogs with other children. “Since then, we have gone back to the area where she went missing,” Doolittle said.

    Doolittle explained, “We still have no solid leads'' The area where Nyleen disappeared is full of dense forests, nestled between steep rocky cliffs and mine shafts.

    Ralph DeCunzo, then with the Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue, was one of the people who led the effort to try and locate the girl. “For a long, long time, and even somewhat today, that search still haunts me,” recalled DeCunzo, even 33 years after the initial search.

    Hundreds of volunteers poured into the area, including members of the Mormon Church and even strangers to the Marshall family, all to find the barefoot girl dressed only in a yellow t-shirt and shorts.

    “If she was barefoot, our thought was that she couldn’t have gone very far,” DeCunzo said. Searchers pushed into the night and, “It became even more intense because of the priority and the need to find this young child before dark,” explained DeCunzo.

    Ken Gardiner was one of the volunteers who was out there, and to this day remembers the feeling of frantically trying to find Nyleen. “I can actually, kind of feel it right now,” Gardiner said with tears in his eyes. “I just got kids of my own.” Gardiner allowed himself to remember the details of the efforts from him and the others, especially a search technique called grid searches.

    “Stretch your hands out, so my arm out to your arm out to his arm. Grid searches. Huge areas, huge areas of grid searches,” Gardiner explained. Despite those efforts, “Nothing.”

    Other tactics were used to try to find the blonde haired blue eyed girl; search dogs, divers to search the mine shafts and ponds, even a psychic and the FBI were brought in to help. But they all came back empty handed. “They brought in heavy equipment and actually drained the pond because they were convinced that she was in there,” remembered DeCunzo. “She wasn’t.”

    Five days into the search the weather turned and so did the mood. “I think after about day five, with the elements and the potential of dangerous critters out on the hillside, it kind of came into our minds that we may not have a successful end to this,” DeCunzo said.
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    But that realization didn’t stop the volunteers from looking, sun up to sun down.

    “We show up one more time. Again and again. One more time,” said Gardiner. “Maybe today, maybe there’s something today. We weren’t quitters.” After the tenth day, the search was called off. With an icy tone of voice, Gardiner recalled, “It’s the Fourth of July, snow on the ground, hope is gone.”

    “We did everything we thought we could do, but we weren’t successful,” said a defeated DeCunzo. Calling off the search in 1983 didn’t close the book on the disappearance of Nyleen Marshall. It just ended that chapter. “How could a little girl go missing with just no sign of here at all, just go missing off the face of the earth basically,” wonders Derek VanLuchene.

    Derek VanLuchene worked on the case when he was with the Montana Division of Criminal Investigations in 1999 and runs Ryan United, an organization he started after his brother Ryan was kidnapped and murdered in rural Montana, dedicated to helping communities and criminal justice organizations protect children. But a fundamental question remains – was she abducted or did she simply get lost in the woods? “That’s still the frustrations to me that this little girl is still out there,” VanLuchene explained. “She’s not, whether deceased or alive, you know, she’s out there and not been found, and it’s something that no one has answers to at this point.”

    In the years since Nyleen vanished the case took many bizarre turns; from anonymous letters claiming to be from an abductor in 1986, to Marshall’s mother, Nancy, being murdered in Mexico in 1995. The case has become a favorite topic of internet sleuths on chat boards and websites. “We kind of look at those too, just to see what’s out there and we check the internet,” explained Doolittle. People from all over the country continue to keep up with Nyleen’s case, take an interest in the latest developments and try to give any help they can.

    “I probably would say somewhere around two inquiries a month of somebody has seen something or somebody has heard something or somebody has a question or somebody will send something to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” Doolittle said. “It’s always out there.” With little facts to go on, many people have come up with theories of their own.

    “I think she was abducted and sold and will probably never know her real identity,” said DeCunzo confidently.

    “I think actually she’s alive,” said a hopeful Gardiner. “I think someday maybe there’ll be an answer, but, it’s been a long time,” VanLuchene said hesitantly. For the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the case remains open. “It’s not something that we ever just put away,” Doolittle said. Anyone in the area during the picnic in 1983, including family members, “Have been interview extensively, at several different times,” explained Doolittle. The Sheriff and a group of volunteers even went back to the site in the Elkhorns where Nyleen is believed to have disappeared.

    “We ran cadaver dogs through there for body parts. We actually had some anthropologists from the college in Missoula that were out there with us,” said Doolittle. “We had an excavator that we dug up a lot of spots with.” If Nyleen’s body was in the mountains above Boulder, after 33 years, “even the remains might have disappeared, even if there was something there, we might not have even found it,” Doolittle said discouragingly.

    But some still have hope and have not stopped looking. Whenever I’d hunt or chase cattle in that part of the country, my eyes were always looking for yellow.
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  19. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Nyleen Kay Marshall

    Status: Unsolved

    On June 25, 1983, 4-year-old Nyleen Kay Marshall went missing while on a picnic with her family near her hometown of Clancy, south of Helena. Several of the children Nyleen was playing with at the time claimed that they saw a man in a jogging suit nearby around the time Nyleen disappeared.

    Nyleen's parents received three letters, beginning six months after her disappearance, from someone claiming to be their daughter's abductor.

    Three years later, a typewritten letter postmarked in Madison, Wisconsin, was mailed to investigators. The author of the letter claimed that he had been raising Nyleen under her middle name, Kay, and had taken her with him on his frequent travels. A person believed to be the letter writer also called missing children networks to talk about the case, and made suggestions of activities that law enforcement officials described as probable sexual abuse. Like the letters, the calls originated from Wisconsin.

    Amazingly, a tip from a viewer who saw the November 1990 episode of "Unsolved Mysteries" and thought one of his classmates was Nyleen Marshall led to another missing child being found. Monica Bonilla, who was abducted by her noncustodial father, Guillermo, was returned to her mother after being missing for nearly eight years.

    Nyleen Marshall has never been found. Her mother was murdered in Mexico in 1995. Several age progression illustrations have been made using photographs of Nyleen, but no one has ever come forward with her whereabouts.

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