WI WI - Nahida Khatib, 31, Wauwatosa, 1 Oct 1976

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  1. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Nahida Khatib
    Missing since October 1, 1976 from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
    Classification: Endangered Missing


    Vital Statistics
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 31 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance:
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. (Lebanese). Black hair; brown eyes.


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Nahida Khatib, a Muslim, Lebanese-born woman, vanished on October 1, 1976, from her home in the 4000 block of Menomonee River Parkway.
    She left behind her purse, keys, shoes and clothes. Food, ready to be cooked, sat on the stove and meat was left thawing on the counter top. There was a half-empty cup of coffee. Her 2-year-old niece, whom she’d been babysitting, was unattended in a playpen.

    The only items missing were Nahida's furry slippers and bathrobe.
    After 10 years of marriage, Nahida was in the throes of a nasty divorce from her husband.
    From the beginning detectives suspected foul play. Investigators believed that Khatib’s husband was involved in her disappearance. The husband died in 2001. Immediately after police started questioning the husband about the disappearance of Nahida, he retained a defense lawyer and questioning stopped. He was never charged with the crime; there was no evidence, no body or sign of struggle.

    Nahida married the Palestinian man in 1966 after he asked Nahida's father for permission at her Lebanon home. He promised to bring her back to America to live with him. The couple quickly had their first child - a son.
    Even after her son was born, Nahida met only a handful of people during her 10 years in the Wauwatosa area. Later as she came to know a few people, she told a neighbor that she feared her husband wanted to kill her.
    That neighbor told officers that, before her disappearance, Nahida had mentioned that her husband tried to persuade her to move to Arizona to live with him, without marriage, as his maid. She declined his offer and told her sister she was afraid for her life.
    After Nahida's disappearance, her husband was indicted for food stamp fraud and conspiracy, and possession of two unregistered, silencer-equipped pistols.
    Over the years her family heard her body may have been placed in acid after she was taken from the home.

    A suspicious car spotted in Nahida's driveway the morning of her disappearance was linked to a relative of her husband. The husband told police his soon-to-be ex-wife was caught up with a religious group and probably took off with them. Police never believed that because Nahida would not have opened the door for a stranger without her husband there. Investigators at the time believed Nahida opened the door that day for someone she knew well. One theory is that Nahida was overpowered and may have been knocked out by chloroform, then wrapped in a rug and placed in the trunk of a car that may have been pulled into the attached garage.

    Eight years after her disappearance, a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge declared Nahida Khatib legally dead because she had not been heard from in more than seven years.


    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Wauwatosa Police Department

    Source Information:
    Wauwatosa Now
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


    Not found to be listed in NamUs at this time.






    NOTE: I see it notated on another missing persons website that the skull cap found was ruled out as belonging to Nahida, but I can't find an article for that information at this time.

    Nahida has been missing almost 34 years. She left behind a Son. Come home soon.

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  2. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    Nahida has been missing for 35 years now.
  3. Fin

    Fin New Member

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    this case is not on namus. Thank you for posting.
  4. Ambercat

    Ambercat New Member

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    According to the article, Nahida's son, Eddie, was 16 in 1982 when his father went to prison on the fraud and gun charges, so he was about 11 years old when his mom went missing.

    If I am reading these articles correctly, Fahmi Khatib's address is listed as 4086 Menomonee River Parkway -- did he move back into the house after his wife went missing? There is something very uncomfortable about that (IMO).

    From the 2008 article, it sounds like her son, who is now living in California, submitted his DNA for comparison with the skull. I am assuming that LE will keep it on file to compare with other cases, or this isn't how it works?
  5. Gardener1850

    Gardener1850 Well-Known Member

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