Sunday, November 11, 2018

Alice Mae Sullivan- Missing from Nashville, Tennessee since 1986

By Dark Sleuth

Alice Mae Sullivan 
(Source: The Charley Project

On August 28, 1986 Alice May Sullivan, a bright 20 year-old sophomore attending Tennessee State University in Nashville disappeared.  Sullivan was an ambitious business major who "earned excellent grades" and worked part-time at Burger King.  She was also a devoted mother to her 3 year-old toddler son.  

Sullivan lived with her boyfriend and her son in the Town Terrace Apartments near the TSU campus.  She moved there with her boyfriend only 3 weeks before she went missing.  Sullivan was from Gallatin, Tennessee, where her parents still lived.  She was very close to them. They spoke every night on the phone. 

She was reportedly last seen "by a friend from Gallatin walking near TSU's Gentry Center" on the afternoon she disappeared.  

Sullivan was supposed to return home by 2:30 p.m. that day.  She wasn't at the preschool bus stop to pick up her son. A neighbor,  "who knew Alice from school," signed for the little boy and cared for him until Sullivan's boyfriend arrived.

It wasn't until the morning of August 29, 1986 when her parents called again that someone finally answered the phone.  It was Alice's boyfriend.  He informed them that Alice had not come home. He was caring for her son, whom the neighbor had to sign off the preschool bus.  Her parents "wondered why her boyfriend hadn't called them if Alice wasn't where she was supposed to be."

Authorities were contacted and her parents went to the apartment.  Police suggested that maybe Alice had just gone away for a short time and would return soon.  According to The Tennessean:

The Sullivans remained in the apartment for weeks as they searched and waited for their daughter.  If there was any potential evidence in the apartment, it could have been contaminated or lost.  

Although it remains a missing persons case, authorities suspect foul play. In 2014 The Tennessean reported:

Just prior to her disappearance, Alice Mae Sullivan told her mom that she wanted to move home.  Lilly Sullivan told the Nashville Banner in 1995:

"The last time I talked to her on the phone, she said, 'Mama, I want to move back home, and I'll just commute to school.'  That's the last thing she ever said to me: I'm coming home." 

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Identifying Information:

Date of Birth: 08/03/1966
Missing since: 08/28/1986
Age at time of disappearance: 20 years old
Sex: Female
Race: Black
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 90 lbs 

If you have any information on this case, please contact:

Nashville Police Department: 615-862-8600

Nashville Police Department's Crime Stoppers Division:
615-74-CRIME (615-742-7463)

Case Profiles:

NamUs Profile #MP18:

The Doe Network Profile #112DFTN:

Sources of Information:

The Charley Project, Alice Mae Sullivan:

The Tennessean, "For 27 years, Gallatin couple asks: Where is Alice?" by Jennifer Easton, March 25, 2014:

Archived article from the Nashville Banner
Patricia, Lynch K. "Alice's Family Struggles through another Holiday." Nashville Banner, Dec 25 1995: B1.