Michelle 'Mikalena' Nau Missing February 4, 2006 from Northeast, Philadelphia
Age at Time of Disappearance: 37 Estimated Height: 5'4" Estimated Weight: 105 lbs Hair Color: Brown, long AKA: Ms Nau was born Michelle, but had legally changed her name to Mikalena. She also would sometimes use the name Rachel.
Michelle Nau, a resident of the Castor Gardens apartments in the Oxford Circle area of Northeast Philadelphia, was last seen on February 4, 2006 as she was withdrawing $100 from an ATM near her home.
Nau's relatives became concerned when they had not heard from her in over a week. On February 15th, a relative went to Nau's apartment and found her Alaskan malamute there alone. Nau's sister reported her missing the following day.
Her car, a 1997 Mercedes Benz, was located about 4 miles away on February 20, 2006 on the 5700 block of Keystone Street, near Vankirk Street, along the Northeast Corridor tracks. Her purse was found near her vehicle. Her cell phone has not been located. A cadaver dog was brought in to search an overgrown field near where Nau's car was found, then down to a Delaware River access point on Comly St. The dog "hit" on a scent by the river. The police department's marine unit dragged the river and divers were used to search for Nau, but nothing was found.
Police say they know who killed her. They believe that she was killed after a night of partying and drugs at the Mayfair apartment of George Conway, 48, a bouncer and well-known drug dealer. A witness said that Nau had become violent, threatening to burn down Conway's apartment. Conway and the witness held her down and she died, possibly from asphyxiation.
Her body was then, allegedly, rolled up in a rug, thrown into a dumpster in Fishtown and set on fire. The dumpster contents were then delivered to the Covanta Holding Corp's Waste Disposal Center in Chester County. The facility burns about 2600 tons of trash every day. They burn the trash to produce energy. Nau had been missing a month by the time police got the tip on how her body had been disposed of. If she was at the facility, her body was likely incinerated within a week.
After Michelle's murder, Conway was bragging to some of his drug customers that he had killed her, dismembered her body and scattered the remains around south Jersey. One of those customers, Dominic Curcio, upset with the way Conway had killed and disposed of Nau, went with a friend to Conway's apartment, supposedly to buy drugs. Instead, Curcio shot Conway in the chest and back, killing him.
Police consider the case closed. The man who killed her is dead and her remains are most likely unrecoverable. There is no evidence to lend credibility to the south Jersey story. Unless new, credible evidence is found about the location of Michelle's body, the case will not be reopened.
If you have any information about this case, please contact: Philadelphia Police Department Northeast Detectives 215-686-3153