Once again, it is time to honor Nancy Eagleson and lament the fact that her murder in Paulding County on Nov. 13, 1960, has yet to be solved. She was abducted in Paulding while walking home from the movie theater, and her body was found hours later in a rural wooded area. No solid leads were ever developed even though an autopsy was conducted at St. Joseph’s hospital in Fort Wayne the next day, and physical evidence from the crime was later examined at a lab in Toledo. This physical evidence has disappeared – evidence that could yield DNA for analysis. It has been disputed whether it was ever returned to Paulding County from the crime lab. The evidence could still be in Toledo or it may be somewhere in Paulding County, but its location is crucial.
Thanks to the efforts of Eagleson’s family, friends and the sheriff’s department, experts are examining this case, but progress is slow, and other, more recent cases have priority. If anyone has specific knowledge that would help solve this case, please contact the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department at (419) 399-3791. Particularly, if anyone can help locate the missing physical evidence from this case, please call. This evidence would include Eagleson’s clothing, high-heeled shoes, purse, scarf and possibly bullet fragments. Anyone who actually saw this evidence is asked to call the sheriff’s department to report when and where it was seen. Specific, factual, first-hand accounts are needed.
Also, to honor her and to show support for the work in progress on this case, the Eagleson family, friends and supporters will walk from the old Paulding Theater on Perry Street, just west of the square, to the abduction site on Flat Rock Drive at 7 p.m. Saturday. This walk will take place rain or shine (barring a hurricane or blizzard), so please bring a flashlight, warm clothing, and umbrellas if needed.
Thank you to everyone who has assisted and supported the efforts to solve Eagleson’s death.