Canada

Family of Ottawa woman missing since 1980 still searching for answers

Dale Nancy Wyman, sometimes known as "Gail," was 22 when she left her family's Vanier home on July 16, 1980.

Dale Nancy Wyman as she would appear today at 63 in an OPP age-advanced sketch.

Police have released a sketch of what an Ottawa woman who went missing in 1980 would look like today in the hopes that it might draw tips about her disappearance.

Dale Nancy Wyman, sometimes known as “Gail,” was 22 when she left her family’s home at 42 Washington Ave. in Vanier with blue and white luggage containing all of her belongings.

Although she has been missing for over 40 years and would now be 63 years old, her family has never stopped searching for her.

“Dale is deeply missed by her brother and two sisters,” her younger sister, Brenda Larche, said in a statement released Thursday.

“Our hearts hold an empty space for her and we pray and hope that someone may remember her in any way. Please help us to resolve this and find some peace and closure.”

At the time of her disappearance, Wyman told some family members that she was thinking of leaving home. She left the family home at 11:45 a.m. on the morning of July 16, 1980, hailed a taxi and was driven to the Voyageur bus station on Catherine Street.

Wyman had not told any family member where she was going. Police investigators spoke to only one witness, the taxi driver, who said Wyman mentioned she was not sure where she was going. Perhaps to Toronto or Montreal.

The driver also went into the bus station to get a coffee and saw Wyman speaking to two young adults. That appeared to be the last time anyone in Ottawa saw or heard from Wyman. The two other individuals were not identified.

A composite of photos from the late 1970s of Dale Nancy Wyman, who has been listed as a missing person by the Ottawa Police Service since July 16, 1980.
A composite of photos from the late 1970s of Dale Nancy Wyman, who has been listed as a missing person by the Ottawa Police Service since July 16, 1980. Photo by Ottawa Police Service /Handout images

At the time of her disappearance, Wyman was five feet five inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds. She had long brown hair and blue eyes. On the day she disappeared, she might have been wearing a black jacket and red pants with multiple rings on her hands and a gold chain, gold earrings and a watch. She carried a black purse.

Over the years, the Ottawa Police Service has received information that Wyman may have been in Alberta in 1991 and in Toronto in 1992.

Her family believes she may have been in Saskatchewan or Alberta at some time.

If you have any information that could assist investigators, please contact the OPS missing persons unit at 613-236-1222 ex. 2355 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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