The Doe Network:
Case File 1490DFWA


Marcia Lynn Joyce
Missing since August 30, 1978 from Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Marcia Joyce was last seen on the morning of August 30, 1978 at her home on Everson Goshen Road in Bellingham, Washington.
She was home with her two children and was last seen hanging laundry in the back yard of her home. When her son went outside to find her, she was gone and was never seen again.

Joyce's husband drove into Bellingham that morning to make a withdrawal from the family's bank account, leaving his wife to tend to their two young children. In Bellingham, the husband received some alarming news when he went to make his withdrawal at the Northwestern Commercial Bank. Someone had cleaned out the account. The withdrawal was likely made a couple days before Joyce disappeared.

Joyce's husband called the Sheriff's Office to report his wife's disappearance after returning home. He was told to call back 24 hours later and make a missing persons report.

Deputies combed the area in search of any trace of Joyce but found nothing.
Joyce's disappearance is considered a potential unsolved homicide, due to the unusual nature of her disappearance. Someone also could have abducted her or she could have abandoned the family.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office
Detective Mark Joseph

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Source Information:
Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office
Washington State Missing Persons
Unsolved in the News

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