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Memory walk set for slain teen Nancy Eagleson


WHAT: Memorial walk for slain teen Nancy Eagleson

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

WHERE: Walk to begin at the old theater and continue to the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church located at 601 Flatrock Drive.

WHO: Everyone welcome




Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – It has been 51 years since 14-year-old Nancy Eagleson was abducted, raped and murdered. This unsolved murder has intrigued and puzzled authorities and Nancy’s family all of these years.

Last year at the 50th anniversary of Eagleson’s death memorial services were held at the First Christian Church and a walk was held in her memory.


To continue to remember Nancy and honor her short life a memorial walk will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

The walk will begin at the old movie theater located  in the 100 block of East Perry and proceed to the abduction site on Flat Rock Drive and then to the parking lot of St. Paul's Lutheran Church for a prayers and words of remembrance.

Please wear light colors for the walk and bring a flashlight, and join in the walk to honor Nancy.

According to reports, the walk will be an annual event in memory of the slain teen.

Still wondering after 50 years

Nancy Eagleson was the daughter of Donald and Bettie Eagleson who said that time may erase some of the recollections of that tragic day, but not the memories of their daughter. Bettie Eagleson said that the family wonders  each and everyday who and why?

It was Sunday, Nov. 13, 1960. It was a typical fall day, and Paulding County seemed at peace. The church bells rang the same as usual, folks were looking forward to Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays. However, before the day would end, there would be a crime committed so horrendous that it would shake Paulding County to its roots.

Nancy Eagleson and her little sister, Sheryl, went to see the big hit movie “David and Bathsheba” that afternoon at the Paulding Theater. They were happy and excited that their mother had told them they could stop at Johnson’s Restaurant after the movies for a Coke.

By the time the movie was over and the girls had their soft drink, it was approximately 7:20 p.m. They left Johnson’s Restaurant and headed east on Jackson Street to their home on  Ohio 111 (now Flat Rock Drive).

The two sisters crossed the bridge over Flat Rock Creek, just a short distance from their home. A car passed them, heading into town. Another dark-colored car approached them on the empty road.

It was approximately 7:30 p.m., only one block from their home, that the two girls were approached by a man who eventually forced Nancy into his car while Sheryl ran for help. The 5-year-old made her way to the nearby home of John and Betty Larson and reported what happened.

At the scene of the abduction, Nancy’s purse was found. That left authorities to believe that a struggle took place between Nancy and her assailant.

Some seven hours after the abduction, the body of Nancy Eagleson was found by two coon hunters in a wooded area approximately one mile south of Junction, only 100 feet from County Road 176.

She had been raped and shot. The crime remains unsolved and various  investigative television shows have been contacted about the service and the cold case of the 14-year-old girl who was so brutally murdered.




#2 2013-10-15 23:10
Sheryl and I were friends at this time .... I still feel her pain and the tension of our little town. Please contact me at to talk. The recent discovery has brought forth old questions! Jon
#1 2012-10-28 14:18
I knew Nancy when we were teenagers. I remember hearing of her death and cried for days. Her aunt Helen?? Stahl lived not far from my house and Nancy and I became summertime playmates. I have followed the story for some time and hope they are able to catch the creep. To see a picture of us check my Facebook page.