Nancy Moyer was a 36-year-old mum of two, who lived in Tenino, Washington, and worked for the Department of Ecology. Although her former husband, Bill Moyer, and she had separated, the pair remained on good terms and split custody of the two children; Nancy would have them through the week, and Bill would look after them on weekends.
On Sunday, the 8th of March 2009, Bill arrived at Nancy’s home to drop off their two daughters. When he arrived, Nancy wasn’t there.
Aside from the front door being slightly ajar, and the lights being on, Bill didn’t see any real reason to be worried, so he took the girls inside and waited for Nancy to come home. Nancy was known for taking walks around the neighbourhood, especially to a local service station where she would frequently buy groceries from.
As time passed, Bill started to feel more worried. He took the girls back to his place and started getting in contact with family and co-workers, to see if anyone had heard from Nancy. Bill filed a missing person report with the police on Monday, the 9th of March after realising that no one had heard from Nancy since Friday, the 6th of March.
According to Oxygen.com, when police searched Nancy’s home they found no signs of a struggle or forced entry. Nancy’s keys and purse were found inside, and her car was parked on her driveway. Two glasses of red wine were found on her coffee table, but when fingerprinted, the only prints that were found belonged to Nancy. The glasses are currently being tested for DNA.
One item that Nancy’s family noticed was missing was a long brown coat with a fur lining around the bottom. Nancy wore this coat very often.
Investigators learnt that on the night Nancy was last seen, Friday 6th, Nancy had carpooled with a co-worker and dropped him off at 4:45pm. She then went to the store to do some food shopping, picking up food and wine for the weekend. A receipt that was found at her home showed that she was at the store at 6:45pm.
A Tenino police officer who was doing speed checks close to Nancy’s home said that he saw her taking out the groceries from her car between 9:00pm and 9:30pm that evening. This is the last confirmed sighting of Nancy.
At around midnight, one of Nancy’s neighbours claimed to have heard a “hurried female voice” and the slamming of car doors. They thought that it was just Nancy and her daughters.
It is thought that Nancy left her home sometime between 9:00pm and midnight, as this is when the heating in her home spiked due to the front door being left open. Authorities believe that Nancy met with foul play, however, there is no evidence to support this, and to this day Nancy has never been found.
In 2019, Nancy’s former co-worker, Eric Lee Roberts, confessed to killing Nancy. He told police that he and Nancy were having a sexual relationship and that he strangled her with a scarf during rough sex. He then lead police to a firepit in his property, and said: “I don’t want to incriminate myself any further, but IF I was going to get rid of a body on my property, it would be right there.”
The next day, Eric was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, and police began to search his home. When Eric sat down with law enforcement, he recounted his confession and said that he doesn’t know why he said that he killed Nancy.
In a press conference, the investigators announced that Nancy’s remains had not been found at Eric’s property, but that they are continuing to process evidence that is related to Eric’s claims. Eric was released from custody, and no charges have been filed against him, and Eric maintains his innocence to this day.
In an interview with Hide and Seek, a podcast about missing people, Eric said that he does not remember confessing to Nancy’s murder, and has said that medication he was taking at the time could have affected his memory.
The police have said that there are suspects in the case, but they have not been publicly named or identified by police.
Nancy’s daughter, Sam, who was just 9 years old at the time of Nancy’s disappearance told Oxygen.com that if she could see her mum just one last time, she “would just tell her I love her”
Unsolved, Missing, Missing Person, True Crime, Foul Play