Incline woman missing
August 27, 2007
Police have termed the disappearance of longtime Incline Village resident and University of Nevada, Reno professor Dr. Judy Calder as “suspicious in nature.”
Judy was reported missing at 4:16 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, by her husband, James, who is offering a $25,000 reward for information that can lead to her location.
The Calders and their children have lived in Incline for 30 years.
The last contact with 64-year-old Judy was the morning of Saturday, Aug. 18, after she spent the night at the Nugget Casino in Sparks. Judy’s brown 2000 Lexus L300 was found abandoned in Reno on Sunday, located on Evans Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, south of UNR’s campus and far from her office in the Sarah Fleischmann building.
Sparks police indicated Thursday that Judy’s disappearance appears “suspicious in nature.”
The Associated Press reported that Sparks police said a man was seen driving what was possibly Calder’s vehicle in the area of Evans and Fifth street. UNR police are reviewing videotapes from surveillance cameras located near the entrance to the building where Calder works.
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“We’re completely devastated. You know, we go up or down, kind of joke for a little bit, laugh for a few minutes, and then I’ll cry for half-an-hour. It’s like a roller coaster,” James said.
James recalls last speaking to Judy on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 18. He had spoke to his wife the night before to tell her that the hot water heater in their Incline home was leaking. In their conversation early Saturday morning, James said his wife gave him detailed, exact instructions on having the water heater repaired during the day Saturday. He said he had chuckled because she called him at 8:05 a.m. with the water heater instructions.
“She is a very outgoing, enthusiastic, likable person,” James said.
Judy is a diabetic with high blood pressure and James said that the family’s biggest concern now is that she has been without her medicine for days.
“She doesn’t have medicine and that’s life threatening on its own, forget anything else that’s going on,” James said.
James indicated that the Sparks police department has been very helpful in the investigation of the case.
Co-workers at UNR have also expressed their thoughts and support to the family, he said. Judy is an associate professor in the university’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies. According to a university biography, Calder’s research interests are in family and domestic violence, violence context and behaviorial risks. She serves as the principal investigator for the state’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey and for $2 million in grants focused on family violence and domestic violence. She has taught the classes “Introduction to Research,” and “Issues in Family Health.”
She is 5-foot-5, 145 pounds and has brown eyes and red hair.
The Calder family is offering a $25,000 reward to find Judy.
“We aren’t paying for any of this ‘I saw her here,’ or anything like that, we are paying for anyone that can tell us exactly where to find her,” James said.
Anyone with information regarding Judy’s whereabouts is instructed to contact a Sparks police department hotline at (775) 331-5546 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.