Nancy Perry Baird
Baird, circa 1975; Ted Bundy in the 1980s
Missing Since 07/04/1975
Missing From East Layton, Utah
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth 01/14/1952 (69)
Age 23 years old
Height and Weight 5'2 - 5'3, 90 - 100 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light blue pinstriped smock with an embroidered Fina Station logo, a blue halter top, blue shorts and a small gold pinky ring with a ruby in the center and two smaller rubies on each side.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde/red hair, hazel eyes. Baird may use the last name Perry. She has small scars on the inside of each wrist. Her blood type is O-positive.
Details of DisappearanceBaird was last seen at the Fina gas station in the 200 block of south Highway 89 in East Layton, Utah on July 4, 1975. She was employed there as a service station attendant. A police officer on patrol saw her working alone there, and at 5:30 p.m., less than fifteen minutes later, she was discovered missing.
There was no evidence of robbery and no indications of a struggle, but about $10 worth of gasoline from the station's pumps had not been paid for. Baird's car was found locked and parked in the station lot where she'd left it, and her purse was inside the station, containing her medication and $167 in cash from from a recently cashed check.
Investigators questioned Baird's her ex-husband and two male friends, in her case. All of them had been out of state at the time she disappeared and passed polygraph examinations, so they were cleared of suspicion. Baird left behind a four-year-old son. It's considered unlikely that she would have left of her own free will. Just before her disappearance, witnesses saw a truck at the station; it was never identified and it's unclear whether it had anything to do with her case.
Authorities believe Baird was a victim of the serial killer Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy, who was executed in Florida in 1989. A photo of Bundy is posted with this case summary. He was convicted of several murders and is suspected in scores more, including in the disappearances of Ann Marie Burr, Lynette Culver, Julie Cunningham, Susan Curtis, Georgeann Hawkins, Nancy Wilcox, Vicki Hollar, Rita Jolly, Donna Manson, Denise Oliverson and many other girls and young women. The women continue to be listed as missing persons. Their remains have never been recovered.
It should be noted, however, that Bundy never confessed to Baird's murder and in several ways her abduction doesn't fit the profile of his other crimes. Bundy never drove a truck, and Baird was the only possible victim of his that was abducted from a gas station. Baird's case remains open and unsolved.
Davis County Sheriff's Department 801-451-4100
The Idaho State Journal
The Crime Library
The Stranger Beside Me
The Bundy Murders: a Comprehensive History
Utah Department of Public Safety
The Serial Killer Collection
The Ogden Standard Examiner
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Baird was last seen at the Fina gas station on south Highway 89 in East Layton, Utah on July 4, 1975. She was employed there as a service station attendant. A police officer on patrol saw her working alone there, and at 5:30 p.m., less than...
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