Missing Michaela Nelson – Five Scary Questions About National Guard Specialist Missing After Mum Death
MYSTERY continues to surround the disappearance of Michaela Nelson, an Ohio National Guard specialist who went missing without a trace a month ago shortly after her mother died.
The 26-year-old, from Xenia, Ohio, was first reported missing by the National Guard on October 26.
Nelson had recently completed his Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina on Oct. 2, but failed to return to his unit in Dayton, Ohio, military officials said.
She last spoke to her family on the same day the National Guard reported her missing, texting her grandmother.
It is not known when she last spoke to her family by phone.
Her father, Lance Nelson, filed a missing person report with the Columbus Police Department and has since also hired a private investigator, James Terry, to locate her.
Lance Nelson believes his daughter is still alive and possibly in hiding, although he doesn’t know where.
The worried father also told local media he believed his daughter was using a phone, although none linked to the number she was using before she disappeared.
Terry told Fox this week that Nelson “uses a phone, kind of a phone. She just doesn’t have her number on.”
According to the private investigator, Nelson’s known phone number goes straight to voicemail, however, his Facetime is still ringing.
âWe just have to believe she’s okay. She just takes time away from us or has some kind of new life, âsaid Lance Nelson, adding that she could be anywhere in the country right now, but she was probably driving her 2016 Dodge Charger SXT. dark gray.
Lance also added that her daughter was facing “a lot of grief” at the time of her disappearance.
Lance and Terry both speculated that Nelson may have decided to leave active service after the death of his mother, Jacquelyn.
Jacquelyn Jean Miller Nelson died at the age of 59 from breast cancer on September 16. She is survived by her husband and their five children, of whom Michaela is the eldest.
Adding to his “grief,” over the past year, Nelson has also divorced his high school sweetheart Cole Swigert following a brief marriage, Lance told Dayton 24/7.
âYou are going through a divorce, there is a lot of grief, that was a year ago. She lost her mother a few months ago to breast cancer, then was kicked out of an apartment, “he said.
Lance said he last saw his daughter at Jacquelyn’s funeral in September. The last time he heard from her was by text on October 24.
âPeople are in tears, thousands of people are praying that we can find her,â Lance said.
“Michaela, we want you to come home, we love you. We want to help you in any way we can. Whether it’s financial, emotional, grieving and just to be together as a family again, that is really starting to hurt a lot of us. “
Nelson, a former college athlete who had 18,000 followers on TikTok, had been spending time with a new group of friends in recent months, his cousin Elise Miller said.
In the group were a number of professional athletes that Miller said he recognized because of their ties to Indiana, where she lives.
Terry claimed that Nelson’s new interests and the recent passing of her mother could have resulted in a change in her priorities and that she was perhaps trying to avoid being punished for not returning to her unit.
In August, Nelson posted a video on her TikTok which she said was taken during the NBA Finals a month earlier.
A week later, she posted again, expressing concerns about her failure at the Officer Candidate School.
Terry speculated that Nelson can go into hiding to avoid the repercussions a service member faces if he does not show up for work, including a dishonorable discharge that carries a prison sentence.
However, an Ohio Army National Guard spokesperson declined to be drawn into speculation about the penalties Nelson could face if found, insisting that his health and safety are their biggest “priority” right now.
âAny discussion of discipline or administrative action is not a priority,â the National Guard wrote in a Facebook post.
“We hope that she will be found safe and sound as soon as possible. We will continue to be available to provide all necessary assistance to her family and to the police.”
Nelson first enlisted in the National Guard in September 2020.
According to Fox News, she was seen between October 6 and October 15 while driving her Dodge Charger SXT, which has the license plate number JLL4284.
License plate readers in Columbus, Ohio, showed she was driving near an apartment where she was living at the time.
However, at the time his disappearance was reported, Nelson’s car was nowhere to be found in the area by police.
INACTIVE SOCIAL NETWORKS
Prior to his disappearance, Nelson frequently posted to his Instagram page and uploaded videos to his TikTok feed, sharing a glimpse into his life in the National Guard.
Her last Instagram post went live on August 28, showing her dressed in military fatigues in Columbia, South Carolina, during her training.
The caption of the picture, shared with over 5,000 devotees, was a quote that read, “‘Be strong in the LORD and in his almighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take a stand against him. the plans of the devil, for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the celestial realms. ‘”
Nelson’s last post on TikTok, meanwhile, arrived on September 5, showing her training on a squat rack.
Both messages have since been inundated with messages from supporters hoping for his safe return.
“Michaela, please reach out if you’re okay !!!” one person wrote on TikTok. “Anyone reading this, can you identify where she is in this video ?? Did you see her in October?”
Nelson, who also went through Kayla Kay and Michaela Kay on social media, had a website where she shared details about her personal and professional life, including her relationship, her fitness journey and her mental health.
She was accepting new clients for her eight-week personal workout program, FASTer Way to Fat Loss, before she passed away.
THE RESEARCH CONTINUES
Nelson reportedly had an ex who was subject to an injunction, but his father told Fox the document was no longer in effect.
âI think it’s faded,â Lance said.
It was not clear whether the restraining order targeted Nelson’s ex-husband. Emergency Preparedness Orders (CPOs) in Ohio last up to five years and can be renewed.
Over the past month, Nelson’s sister, Ariana Frueh, posted on Facebook asking for help finding her older sister.
“By begging for your prayers … we just want her to be safe!” She wrote on November 2.
The following week, she posted another image of Nelson and said, “No big updateâ¦ well, we’re still looking for Michaela.”
Nelson had run at Cedarville University and was a four-year letter recipient at Xenia Christian High School in southwest Ohio.
Lance, who has looked after Nelson’s dog since her disappearance, said the holiday season “will be difficult” without her.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call the Columbus Police Department at 614-645-4545.
Terry also urged anyone with information on Nelson’s whereabouts but is reluctant to call the police to call Gulf Coast Investigation at 813-993-2242.
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