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5056DMAR - Gregory Harold Nicely


Name: Gregory Harold Nicely
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: January 4, 1987
Location Last Seen: Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas

Physical Description

Date of Birth: About 1953
Age: 34 years old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8"-5'10"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Dentals: Available
Fingerprints: Available
DNA: Not Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

Gregory was last seen by witnesses on January 4, 1987. According to eyewitness Janet Morgan DeBoer, Nicely and Steve Peavler got into an argument at her house. Peavley then shot Nicely, dragged him to Nicely's pickup truck, and drove away. Nicely's pickup was recovered near the Arkansas-Oklahoma border with a pool of blood on the floorboard of the truck, but no body. Peavler was arrested after Nicely's disappearance and charged with kidnapping and second-degree battery. He was acquitted of the kidnapping charge and found guilty of the battery charge.

During his trial, Peavler testified that he was driving Nicely to the hospital when Nicely regained consciousness and said he did not want to go to the hospital. Peavler then said that he drove to a property that Peavler owned so the two could talk out their differences. He said he left Nicely at the property and drove to a nearby store. When he returned to the property, Nicely was gone.

Nicely's mother, Barbara Nicely, believes that Gregory may be alive with amnesia, due to the fact that he had suffered "mental breakdowns" in the past after the death of his father and grandfather. Authorities believe that Nicely is no longer alive.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Crawford County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Steven Gann
Agency Phone Number: (479)474-2261 Ext. 2
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 87007

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 10709

Information Source(s)

The Joplin Globe (1/8/1992)

Admin Notes

Added: 1/5/2017; Last Updated: 1/5/2017

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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