Family still hopes for clues to find missing airman


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Marty Nance will turn 50 next month but it’s been nearly 2 months since the airman from Sellwood was last seen by his loved ones.

Marty’s family is still putting up fliers, hoping someone can provide the missing link to find him.

Marty Nance has been missing since Jan.6. (KOIN)

“Without a trace. It’s just like a movie,”  Ancil Nance, Marty’s dad, said. “It’s really hard, it’s stressful on the whole family… we have a large family and just a ton of people that love Marty.”

The family realized Marty was missing on Jan. 6 when he didn’t show up for a National Guard drill, something he’d been talking about with his family over Christmas. He hadn’t missed a drill in 32 years with the National Guard. 

His car was found parked not far from his home and a bar he often visited. His cell phone was on the floor.

“I was able to get some phone records for them, I just wasn’t able to get into the phone,” Marty’s sister, Lisa Veber, said.

Veber and Ancil believe getting access to the phone could provide another set of clues to find out what happened to Marty, but they’ve run into a roadblock with that technology.

“In order to get in the cellphone and get more of is records, you have to get the subpoena, and because you don’t have proof of foul play, you can’t go before a judge,” Veber said.

Veber told KOIN in January that police think his disappearance was voluntary, but she disagrees — pointing to all the things left in his home, including his toothbrush and phone.

She said Marty has been posted on the “I have vanished” website and will be entered into the National Association of Missing and Unidentified Persons Database.

“I’m searching through papers, any of his belongings for a clue of what might have happened,” Veber said.

Ancil said the mystery of his missing son is tearing him up inside —  like he’s a climber who has fallen and not yet hit the ground. 

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