Family fears “something bad” happened to missing Florence County woman

Nancy Renkas
(Photo provided by Florence County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – The family of a missing Wisconsin woman is asking the public for help as the investigation into her disappearance continues.

Nancy Renkas, 47, was last seen on July 18. The Florence County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference Wednesday morning to release more information and make a plea for the public’s help.

Click here to view the news conference.

Renkas, a Florence County native, was visiting Iron Mountain, Michigan, at the time of her disappearance. The sheriff says surveillance video from a Super One grocery store shows Nancy getting into a white SUV which pulled up to her car at about 1 p.m. The SUV left eastbound on US Highway 2.

Nancy’s sons Marvin and Joseph reported her missing when she failed to arrive home in Florence County.

Marvin spoke at the news conference Wednesday morning. He said the family does not know why she did not come home as planned. Marvin says he spoke with her several times that day before her phone was shut off, and she was planning to be home around 4 p.m. He said, “This is not normal for her.”

“We fear that something bad has happened to her,” Marvin said.

The sheriff says investigators cannot rule out foul play at the point. He says several items of evidence are being examined in this case.

The sheriff says a Nancy Renkas Task Force has been established, and the FBI and Wisconsin Department of Justice are helping with the investigation.

Billboards are going up in Florence County and Iron Mountain to raise awareness about the case. Hunters are being encouraged to report anything suspicious in the woods.

“We are attempting to locate Nancy through various means and resources. There is no credible evidence that Nancy Renkas intended to leave the area and not return the afternoon of July 18,” Sheriff Jeff Rickaby said.

Marvin described his mother as “kindhearted” and “outgoing.”

If you have any information on the disappearance of Nancy Renkas, call Marinette County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-427-5857. You can remain anonymous.

“As we approach the holiday season, I know that it’s very important to Marvin and Joe that people understand that they miss their mother dearly, as they put it, and I can see that. So we appreciate any help that anyone can can give us in this case,” Sheriff Rickaby said.