Wendy Jamie Abrams-Nishikai, age 21, went missing from Berkeley, California on October 31, 1989.

This will likely be one of the shortest blog entries I ever write.

“Wendy Jamie Abrams-Nishikai was last seen in Berkeley on October 31, 1989.”

That’s all her profile says.

After digging a bit more, I learned that she had been a student at UC Berkeley, and that she had a two year old daughter at the time of her disappearance, that was left behind.

It was also Halloween.

California Department of Justice lists her as Voluntary Missing – and it doesn’t appear that anyone is looking for her.  (It’s worth noting that California DOJ lists 85 year olds with Alzheimers as Voluntary Missing.)

Various searches yield no sign of her.

I am skeptical of the idea that she’s been voluntary missing for 24 years.   If she has been, she’s done an amazing job of covering her tracks, considering that in 1989, no one saw the Internet coming.

She was 21.  She was college-educated and had a young daughter.  She has two older brothers.

Where are you, Wendy?   Are you relaxing on the beaches of Mexico, sipping margaritas, and laying low?    Were you having problems in late 1989 that were just too overwhelming to handle?   Did someone take you away from your family on that Halloween night?

Such a shame that although people care, we don’t know where to look, since there is just no information on what might have happened to you.

Come home soon, Wendy.


Charley Project


California Department of Justice


6 thoughts on “Wendy Abrams-Nishikai

  1. Pingback: Chasing the paper trail | Whereabouts Still Unknown

  2. I found a person by the name of Helen Nishikai (Google), living in Oakland, CA, who is the same age. Maybe she changed her name and stayed local? So weird that family wouldn’t go searching for her

  3. i knew Wendy, and she is Not voluntarily missing. She has been searched for, and information has been provided to the BPD by her friends. Leads were followed, but there was not enough evidence to arrest anyone. there are many rumors, but those who knew her know she was a good mother, loved her child and wouldn’t have left her behind. she had the support of many of us, and we would very much like to know what happened to her. we love and miss her.

    • Thank you for posting! Her case has always bothered me because there has been no publicity whatsoever and there is nothing at all about the circumstances of her disappearance. Usually there will at least be something like “She left home to go to the store and never returned” but Wendy’s profiles just say she was last seen in Berkeley and that it was Halloween.

      I had hoped this was because her husband had reported her missing but her family knew where she was and that she was safe.

      It looks like this wasn’t the case. 😦

  4. I read somewhere that they think Scott Peterson may have had something to do with these disappearances in this area as he was around during that time. They think he may have killed more women before his wife.

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