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Sadie Wallace Nelson

Missing Person Case September 2021

Nelson, approximately 1996

Date reported missing : 06/08/1996

Missing location (approx) :
Benton, Tennessee
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 74 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 130 pounds
Medical conditions : Wallace was taking prescription medication at the time of her disappearance and does not have it with her.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Nelson has a gold front tooth. She wears eyeglasses and her ears are pierced. She may use the last names Cantril, Finnell, Sanford, Thompson and/or White.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Nelson was last seen in Benton, Tennessee on June 8, 1996. She lived with her boyfriend, 77-year-old John Burlie Pike, on a farm north of town off Highway 411. They were joint caretakers of the property.
On the morning of June 9, Pike's body was found in the driveway; he had been beaten and his throat slit. Nelson was missing and the residence was "virtually untouched." She has never been heard from again.
In December 1996, police thought they had found Wallace after they learned someone was cashing her Social Security checks in Batavia, New York. It turned out Wallace's son was cashing the checks and keeping the money for himself, and he didn't know his mother's whereabouts. She has previously been married six times and is not originally from the Benton area.
There are no outstanding warrants for Wallace, but authorities would like to question her and see what she knows about Pike's murder. It's unclear whether she also met with foul play. Pike's murder and Wallace's disappearance remain unsolved.

Other information and links : ncy

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

September 2021 updates and sources

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