North American Missing Persons Network
Catherine E. Nelson

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Above Images: Nelson, circa 2002

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 2, 2002 from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 17, 1959
  • Age: 42
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Blue/Green
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Nelson's ears are pierced.
  • AKA: Her nickname is "Cathy."

  • Details of Disappearance
    Nelson and her fiance`, Charles Russell, resided in Phoenix, Arizona in early 2002. Russell told a friend that he and Nelson planned to drive to Tucson, Arizona on February 2, 2002 to look at an advertised Ducati motorcycle. They have not been heard from since.

    Nelson and Russell were traveling in their red Ford SVT Lightning F-150 pickup truck with Arizona license plates 274-HBF at the time of their disappearances The truck was discovered abandoned in the parking lot of Santa Cruz Catholic Church in Tucson on February 7, 2002. Russell's checkbook was located inside the glove compartment. There was no indication of a struggle at the scene and no additional evidence was found inside the vehicle.

    Nelson and Russell's family members told authorities that it is uncharacteristic of them to leave without warning. They left their dog unattended inside their house, as they planned to return home during the evening of February 2. Their relatives stated that Nelson and Russell would have placed their pet in a kennel if they expected to stay away for an extended period of time. They are described as having a very stable and loving relationship.

    Authorities believe that Nelson and Russell may have been lured to Tucson for the purposes of a robbery, but little evidence is available to prove any theory. Foul play is suspected in Nelson and Russell's disappearances.

    In 2015, 44-year-old Brian Ferry has been arrested for the murder of 58-year-old Charles Russell and 42-year-old Catherine Nelson. Ferry has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Phoenix Police Department
    (6020 261-8042
    Tucson Police Department
    (520) 791-4487

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