FBI, police seek help finding missing Nashua mother 14 months after disappearance

NASHUA, N.H. — Fourteen months after a mother of three vanished, the FBI and Nashua, N.H., police renewed their push for information from the public about her disappearance.

April Jean Bailey, then 36, was last seen Jan. 15, 2020, leaving her basement apartment at a Lynn Street home. She was taking out the trash, wearing slippers, black sweatpants and a black coat with a fur hood.

Bailey was reported missing five days later, and Nashua Police tell Boston 25 News they are still actively searching for her and seeking new information in her “suspicious” disappearance.

Isiah Bugg, Bailey’s son, told Boston 25 News by phone Monday the pain hasn’t faded since his mother disappeared.

“It doesn’t really go away, but we’re just hoping that she comes home,” Bugg said. “She’s my mother. She’s the greatest mother you can ask for.”

Bailey is described as white, 5′3′' and 130 pounds, with long, black hair and blue eyes. She has a butterfly tattoo on her right shoulder and a tattoo that says “Damien” on her right ankle.

“We are still relentlessly investigating the circumstances surrounding April’s disappearance, and any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, may be important to finding her,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division, in a news release Monday. “We thank those who have already provided information and we urge other members of our community to come forward so we can bring April home to her family.”

The new push for information, falling on an unremarkable day that is not an anniversary, may indicate investigators have a new lead, according to Dan Linskey, former Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief.

“It’s encouraging that they’re putting that information out again, because it, to me, signals that they have something that they’re working with,” Linskey said. “Now, that can be an anonymous tip that’s completely bogus and has to be run to ground. But it does show that there might be something in the investigation that’s asking them to have the public energize it with some more information.”

Bailey’s family is desperate for answers and pleading for anyone who has information to come forward.

“I know there’s probably a couple people that know something, and they’re not really saying it,” Bugg said. “Or they’re afraid that they’re going to hurt themselves or somebody that they love.”

Tips can be called in to Nashua Police at 603-594-3500 or on their anonymous tip line at 603-589-1665. Tips may also be provided to the FBI Boston Division at 857-386-2000 or online at tips.fbi.gov.