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Nancy Kathleen Renkas

Updated: Jan 10, 2022

Nancy Renkas, 47, left her residence in Florence, WI to Iron Mountain, MI on July 18th, 2016 to visit with a relative. She told her relative she was also there to look at a camping trailer that was located in Menominee, MI.

She was seen in a Super One Foods parking lot on July 18th, 2016 getting into a white SUV for the meeting of the camping trailer she spoke about. She never returned to her vehicle in the Super One Foods parking lot near US-2 in Iron Mountain, MI or her home in Florence, WI.

Police were able to find the driver of the white SUV and had a brief interview with them but they stopped cooperating after obtaining an attorney. Police have reason to keep them as a suspect after searching their SUV and cell phone but no arrests have been made. Police do not believe she is voluntarily missing as she left perishable groceries in her vehicle and there is no money missing from any of her accounts.

As of August 12th, 2020, Upper Michigan Source, reports that the suspect of the white SUV has been identified as Louise Wender. Detective Lt. Derek Dixon has stated that she is the only suspect in the disappearance for Nancy Renkas.

Louise Wender is the sister-in-law of Nancy and works at Super One Foods in Iron Mountain, MI. Louise Wender has requested for a Personal Protection Order (PPO) after a Facebook post was released about her being a suspect living free. The court has denied that request.

Her two sons living in Florence, WI continue searching for their mother. She is a white, 51-year old female with brown hair and green eyes. She wears clear prescription glasses. She is 5'4" and 200lbs. Last seen wearing a dark blue shirt, blue jeans and grey/pink Reebok athletic shoes. She walks with a limp and has a "L" shaped scar on her left hand.

Any Leads or Information should be directed to:

Dickinson County Sheriffs Office

(906) 774-6262

More Information can be found at:


Additional Sources:

"Sheriffs conform new suspect in disappearance of Nancy Renkas." July 20th, 2018. Upper Michigan Source

"Investigators remain confident in solving missing Florence County woman case." July 18, 2019. Fox 11 News

"Suspect identified in Nancy Renkas' missing person case." August 12, 2020. Upper Michigan Source

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