Home » Gina Ellison, 22: Disappeared During Her Routine Evening Jog In 1990
Although there has yet to be concrete evidence showing that Gina Ellison met with foul play, authorities believe that the 22-year-old may have encountered some level of danger. Gina was living in San Jose, California with her husband, Andray Vance Ellison, when she vanished on June 19, 1990. According to reports, Gina Ellison left her home at the San Marino Apartments at approximately 8:00 p.m. to take her daily evening jog. The naval reserves petty officer regularly made the 2.7-ish mile run and it was not out of the ordinary in her routine, so it came as a shock when she never returned. Gina didn’t take cash, her keys, or credit cards when she left.
According to Andray Ellison, he was at home practicing the guitar when he noticed that Gina’s run was taking longer than usual. Two hours after she left the apartment, Ellison reportedly claimed he saw a patrol vehicle passing by his apartment and flagged them down to alert them about his wife. An immediate search did not uncover any evidence, and while many have suspected Ellison was involved in his wife’s disappearance, he was reportedly cooperative with the police within the first few months of the investigation.
However, detectives learned that things were not well in the Ellison household. Gina’s loved ones reportedly told authorities that she mentioned that she wanted to leave her husband. There was a point when Gina did just that, but because she began struggling financially, she returned to Ellison. In another instance that reportedly occurred two years prior to her disappearance, Gina Ellison attempted to take her own life while arguing with her husband. Following that altercation, she reportedly underwent a psychiatric evaluation.
Four months after Gina went missing, Ellison’s trouble with authorities took a turn. He reportedly worked as an information systems operator at the U.S. Air Force’s Blue Cube but was let go after a drug test came up positive. It is unclear what substances were alerted. Then, seven months after Gina’s disappearance, Ellison was on the wrong side of the law after he admitted to being responsible for a string of Bay Area bank robberies. He was reportedly convicted for two of those incidents and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Ellison was paroled back in 1999.
Although Ellison has been considered a suspect, authorities have not made any arrests in this case. Detailed information about search efforts or updates regarding the status of this investigation have not been made or given.
At the time of her disappearance, Gina Ellison stood 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighed 128 pounds. She had black/dark brown hair and brown eyes. Her middle name is “Marie.” Gina was last seen wearing black Spandex bicycle shorts, a light blue and pink tank top, and a thin gold chain with an attached one-half Mizpah coin.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the San Jose Police Department at (408) 277-8900 or their local authorities. The agency case number is 901701223.
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