Naomi Wilson (Courtesy IA Dept. of Public Safety)
Age at Report: 32 YOA
DOB: August 20, 1948
Weight: 112 lbs.
Height: 5′ 03″
Race: African American
Incident Type: Endangered / physical
Missing From: 1618 13th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
NCIC Number: M955526709
Missing Since: April 12, 1981
- Linn County in Iowa
Cedar Rapids in Linn County
Naomi Wilson was reported missing to the Cedar Rapids Police Department in Cedar Rapids on April 12, 1981.
She was last seen at her Cedar Rapids home located at 1618 13th Ave. SE, about 4 p.m. by her boyfriend.
According to the boyfriend, she did not attend church that day as she usually did but otherwise behaved normally. The boyfriend went to Wilson’s residence after attending the church’s noon services, and said he and Wilson left her residence within minutes of each other. Wilson allegedly planned to get gas for her vehicle and then visit a friend with whom she worked at the Harnischfeger Corporation plant. She never arrived.
The boyfriend went to his mother’s home, but says he passed Wilson’s car about an hour after he left her residence.
Two days after Wilson’s disappearance, her white 1978 Ford Fairmont (license plate no. DOY622) was discovered in a K-Mart parking lot at 2727 16th Ave. SW., though Wilson was nowhere to be found.
Wilson — who has been described as a level-headed and reliable individual — had been divorced for three years when she disappeared. She’d purchased her Cedar Rapids home and her vehicle the previous summer, and those who knew her said it was uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning.
Foul play has long been suspected in Naomi Wilson’s disappearance but police have found little evidence indicating what happened.
If you have information regarding her disappearance, please contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5374, or the Missing Person Information Clearinghouse / Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-346-5507.
- Iowa Department of Public Safety Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
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- “Missing persons pose different kind of puzzle,” Cedar Rapids Gazette, Sept. 18, 1983
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