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A Family's Pain, A Brother Murdered And A Missing Sister: Is The Same Person Responsible?

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Gracie Nash was 39 years old when the trouble began for her family in May of 1983. Her brother, Melvin, just broke up with his girlfriend, Naomi Easley, who was unhappy about their break-up, reports the Charley Project.

Melvin, lived with their older brother, John, in the 7600 block of Blessing Avenue in Austin, Texas. They lived in that home for 15 years without any problems. After Melvin ended the relationship with Naomi, she harassed both Melvin and John. Naomi Easley tried to get Melvin fired from his job, threatened Melvin with a gun several times and a butcher knife, slashed his tires, poured sugar and syrup into his gas tank, and more.

One day, John came home and discovered they had been burglarized. Someone had slashed his clothing, tried to set the house on fire, set fire to the garage, and destroyed his 1965 Chevrolet Nova race car.

On October 30, 1983, the sibling's brother Ronnie stopped by while Melvin and John were gone. When he entered the home, he realized someone was inside and began to walk back out of the home. Just then, someone fired three shots at Ronnie.

Then, on November 18, 1983, as Melvin was leaving the house, Naomi shot him, breaking his arm. Although she was arrested, she was bailed out of jail right away.

On November 21, 1983, three days later, someone fired several shots at John as he was leaving the house on Blessing Avenue.

Their sister, Gracie Nash, was the fourth of seven siblings. She was a divorced mother of two who didn’t drink, use drugs or go to bars. She was well-liked by everyone and had been at her job for over 10 years where her boss said she was a great employee.

On December 26, 1983, Gracie Nash had to work at Eastfair Nursing Home in the 2800 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Austin. When her shift ended at 11:00 pm, she headed to the home in Manor, Texas she shared with her parents and two younger siblings.

Gracie Nash never made it home.

Her necklace was found in the parking lot of the nursing home.

The day after her disappearance, a man called Gracie’s mother and said, “If you want to see your daughter alive again, tell your son to drop charges against the woman."

Gracie Nash’s family assumed the caller was referring to Naomi Easley and, the caller has never been identified, reports the Charley Project.

One day later, Gracie’s 1971 Chevrolet was found abandoned in a parking lot in the 2200 block of East 22nd Street of New Manor Apartments. Her coat was inside. There was a large amount of dried blood. So large that authorities said the person could not have survived their injuries.

Six weeks after Gracie vanished, someone shot her brother John on February 3, 1984. Unfortunately, he died on the sidewalk in front of his home.

According to court records, although in March of 1984, Naomi Easley stood trial for shooting Melvin in 1983, the trial ended in a mistrial and she was sentenced to 10 years of probation. Melvin was not allowed to talk about the disappearance of his sister or the murder of his brother during the trial.

Naomi remarried.

In November 1989, while awaiting a divorce, Naomi Easley shot her estranged husband five times, including once in the head and twice in the chest, and killed him. She was sentenced to 75 years in prison. She was never charged with John's death or Gracie Nash's disappearance.

Gracie has never been found.

Gracie Nash was 5’5” and 112 pounds at the time of her disappearance. Please contact the Austin Police Department at 512-974-8643.

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