Overview of Nancy Grubert-Harvey
‘We will honestly wait as long as it takes to get an answer’
Nancy Harvey was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. She was a devoted mother, sister, aunt and grandmother who was beloved by friends and family. Family members describe her as "fair" and "selfless"- someone who preferred to play back-up dancer rather than be out front.
Nancy played hard but worked even harder. "Grandma Nancy" owned and operated the Atlanta Car Company, a used-car lot in Davidson County - a company that she had run by herself since her husband passed away in 2010. By all accounts, she was very successful and, for a used car dealer, was uncharacteristically fair.
“I would say a used car dealer, especially a “buy here/ pay here” type of organization, they have a pretty bad rap as con-artists and cheats. She was not that,” Jay said. “She was the type of person that allowed people to get behind on their payments and allowed them to flex. As long as you do what you tell me you’re going to do, we will work with you.”
--Jay Grubert (Nancy's son) | Source: Fox 8 / WGHP-TV
The day Nancy was murdered
The beginning of 2013 was an exciting time for Nancy. Her son's wife was pregnant and was to be born soon. January 25, 2013; however, changed the trajectory for this family. An employee arrived to work and found Nancy brutally murdered.
The crime scene was chaotic and horrific. The business appeared to have been robbed although, the sheriff’s department has never said exactly what was taken. An autopsy report released laid out heinous details: Nancy had been beaten, her legs bound with zip ties and her body and much of the business were doused with bleach. The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled her cause of death asphyxiation.
“It’s just not fair when you have to sit there and listen to other people talk about your family,” Daci said. “And everybody makes assumptions as to what happened, why it happened, and they come to you with those.”
--Amie Grubert, Fox 8 / WGHP-TV
Where the case stands today.
To this day, no one has been arrested for what crime investigators describe as “heinous,” leaving everyone wondering who killed Nancy and a family desperately wanting to know why.
The 911 call placed by Nancy's employee and what was taken from her business remains sealed by the courts. Law enforcement has, however, released a short video surveillance clip that revealed a group of people dressed in tactical gear walking toward the business.
If you know anything about the murder of Nancy Harvey, please contact the Davidson County Sheriff's Office at (336) 242-1900.
Case researched and written by Katie T.