Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Alice Mae Sullivan has been missing since August 28, 1986. The 20-year-old college student from Gallatin was last seen on campus at Tennessee State University, where she was a student.
On the day she disappeared, Alice saw her son off to preschool and attended her 8 a.m. class, which ended around 9:30 a.m. She then visited with friends at Hankal Hall, a female dormitory, between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. She had a class at 1 p.m. and was due back to her apartment around 2:30 p.m. Friends told investigators that Alice mentioned going to the library, but it's not known if she did. She was last seen by a friend from Gallatin walking near TSU's Gentry Center that afternoon. Alice never made it to her 1 p.m. class.
Alice, a 1985 Gallatin High School graduate, was working part time at Burger King and just beginning her sophomore year at TSU as a business major when she went missing. Despite being a teen mom, she was determined to be the first in her family to graduate from college. Her parents were supportive of her goals, helping to care for her 3-year-old son.
Three weeks before she went missing, Alice moved with her boyfriend to Town Terrace Apartments, a mile and a half from TSU on 40th Avenue North. A few days before she disappeared, Alice said she wanted to move back home, get a car and commute to TSU.
Alice usually called her parents every day, but failed to do so on August 28, 1986. The next morning the Sullivans called again. This time, Alice's boyfriend answered and told them she hadn't come home or picked her son up from his preschool bus stop. Police initially treated the case as a voluntary disappearance. The Sullivans don't believe their daughter is alive because she would never have deserted her family.
Alice's boyfriend and several others are still being looked at as persons of interest today, including a maintenance man at Town Terrace Apartments who had befriended Alice and is now serving time for rape and murder. The case is still an open investigation.
Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Nashville Police Department