Willie Ann Rucker, age 27, was last seen in Waterloo, Iowa on April 8, 1979.
There are slightly conflicting stories about the events leading up to her disappearance. Iowa Cold Cases reports that Willie called her sister from a grocery store after working late, and asked her sister to pick up the children and bring them back to her apartment. (I took this to mean that the children were with Willie at the grocery store, but it could be that she was not with her children and asked her to pick them up elsewhere)
The New York Times states that Willie left her children with a babysitter and never returned.
Willie’s youngest child, a son, who was only a year old at the time of her disappearance, was always told that his mother had died in an auto accident – it wasn’t until he attended a family reunion during his college years that he learned the truth.
Willie’s children were raised by relatives following Willie’s disappearance, and her relatives believed that an ex-boyfriend (or possibly current boyfriend) was responsible for her disappearance. She had reportedly called police just days before, stating that her boyfriend was ‘scaring her’.
This 2007 update from KCRG states:
It also appears that no DNA sample has been submitted to NamUs for comparison with unidentifieds, and I do hope that one of her children will submit a sample.
It just so happens that there are only two female unidentified remains listed in the State of Iowa. This could mean that Iowa is very good at identifying their remains, or it could mean that they’re very poor at getting them listed. Of the two that are listed, neither are likely to be Willie Rucker.
I hope her family can find out what happened to her – and where she is.