Murdered: Nancy Eagleson | Paulding, OH | Uncovered
Murdered

Nancy Eagleson

A girl is kidnapped and slain in a rural midwest town

  • Last updated: April 13, 2022
  • Paulding, OH
  • November 13, 1960

About

Nancy Eagleson Was Kidnapped and Murdered in Rural Ohio in 1960. Her 5-Year-Old Sister Was the Only Witness to This 60+ Year-Old Cold Case.

The day began as a typical Sunday for 14-year-old Nancy Eagleson in 1960. She attended church, had a meal with her family, and then she and her 5-year-old sister Sheryl went out to the movie theater a few blocks away. Nancy and Sheryl had just left a double feature and decided to get sodas from a local restaurant before they started their walk home. It was 7 pm and starting to get dark when they began their walk home. At some point, the girls noticed a car was following them. It eventually stopped and the driver inquired about directions. He stopped and grabbed Nancy, forcing her into the car on a well-lit street in full view of 7 homes. Sheryl ran screaming to the safety of a neighbor’s house, only to see the car drive away with Nancy in the backseat.

A frantic search for Nancy ended when, not more than 6 hours later, raccoon hunters found her body in a clearing about 100 feet from the road. An extensive search of every local vehicle that matched Sheryl's description was undertaken, as well as multiple interviews with community members. Sheryl was even put under hypnosis in hopes that she could recall details from the kidnapping.

Below is a timeline of the case

  • 11/13/1960 | 2:00 PM: Nancy and her sister leave home to see a movie
  • 11/13/1960 | After the movie, the girls stopped for a soft drink before heading home
  • 11/13/1960 | 7:00 PM: Nancy and her sister head home
  • 11/13/1960 | The girls notice that a car is following them
  • 11/13/1960 | The car stops to ask them if they would like a ride
  • 11/13/1960 | 7:50 PM: The car turns around and comes back and asks Nancy for directions
  • 11/14/1960 | 2:30 AM: Nancy's body is found
  • 11/14/1960 | Gloria Kowalewicz is murdered 230 miles away
  • 11/15/1960 | Robert Stovall is questioned about Nancy and Gloria's murders
  • 11/16/1960 | Authorities declare the investigation "pretty well at a standstill"
  • 11/18/1960 | Nancy is laid to rest
  • 12/02/1960 | Virgil Johnson is cleared of involvement in Nancy's death
  • 12/14/1960 | The reward fund reaches $5,000
  • 12/16/1960 | The reward for information about Nancy's rape and murder is increased to $6,595
  • 3/3/1961 | Thomas Ball cleared of Nancy Eagleson murder

Where the case stands today. The Sheriff believed that the suspect was outside of the community, though many citizens believed it had to be someone local given where her body was left. Because she was only 5 at the time, Sheryl's description of the man is limited, though he may have been wearing glasses. In fact, a quote attributed to the Sheriff at the time: "We only know two things for sure ... it was a man and he drove an automobile." still stands to this day. 

Did Nancy know who her killer was? Was the killer from outside the Pauling, Ohio community? Was this the killer's first or last murder?

With this case remaining unsolved since 1960, Nancy Eagleson's family is still searching for answers to her murder from more than 60 years ago. This case is extensive with more than 300 public media sources. If you know something about this crime, please call the Paulding County Sheriff’s office at 419-399-3791.

Information

  1. Date of Death:November 13, 1960
  2. Birthday:July 3, 1946
  3. Age at Incident:14
  4. Race:Caucasian / White
  5. Gender:Female

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Gloria Kowalewicz's Home

Chicago, IL

Gloria was walking from home to church went she was abducted.

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