What We Know
Laura Nimbach disappeared from St. Petersburg, Florida, on February 17, 2009. She was homeless at the time of her vanishing, and she might be spelling her first name “Lora” and her last name “Nimback,” Numback,” or Numbach”
Born on August 26, 1986, Laura had light-brown eyes and a mane of blonde hair – a color she embraced after stepping away from her natural brown. She had a pink flower tattoo with a tribal design on her lower back, her initials “LN” inked on her left wrist, and a plethora of piercings adorning her body.
Laura’s story, however, is one marked by hardship. She had a personal struggle with the prescription painkiller oxycodone, a battle that started in 2007. But her life was not always dictated by this.
Laura was raised in Michigan and was a former nursing student at Wayne State University in Michigan. Yet, like many stories involving addiction, her substance abuse steered her off this promising path, leading her to drop out after just two years.
The battle Laura faced with her addiction was a fierce one, causing her to stay briefly in two rehabilitation centers in June 2008. But the grips of addiction were strong, and she returned to Florida, her life becoming more transient.
Her struggles also had severe consequences for her mental health. In a desperate act in November 2008, Laura attempted suicide by overdosing on pills, causing severe heart and kidney failure.
But, thankfully, she survived. Once the hospital had done its part and she was stable, she went to Kentucky. She stayed there for a while, but then, as January rolled around, Laura packed her bags again, headed back to Florida.
She had a court case looming, and she was the one in the hot seat. She’d had a run-in with a cop, ended up with an assault charge. But Laura wasn’t worried about it. She figured they’d slap her with probation and that’d be that. But, as fate would have it, she vanished into thin air just a week before she was due in court.
On February 17, 2009, a police officer in St. Petersburg, Florida, found Laura sleeping behind a building. Having just left a domestic violence shelter, she told the officer she planned to leave her abusive boyfriend and would travel to another shelter. This would be the last time anyone saw Laura, and despite her previous regular contact with her family, they never heard from her again.
Her family’s concern grew as weeks turned into months. Yet, their worries fell on deaf ears as due to Laura’s transient lifestyle, the police refused to accept a missing person’s report until March 31, six weeks after her last sighting.
To this day, Laura’s case remains unsolved. Some agencies suggest Laura might have disappeared from Largo, Florida, which is 30 miles north of St. Petersburg, but this piece of information provides little comfort to a family desperate for answers.
The years since Laura’s disappearance have been filled with a confusing mix of fear, hope, and uncertainty for her loved ones. They worry about her safety, bearing in mind her history of drug addiction and suicide attempts. The silence is deafening, and each day without news of her whereabouts takes a toll.
Despite the painful uncertainties, Laura’s family clings on to hope and memories of the Laura they knew – a young woman full of potential, dreams, and love. As of today, the search for Laura continues. It’s a stark reminder that life can change in an instant, and emphasizes the importance of always cherishing our loved ones.
So, while the world moves on, for Laura’s family, the clock stopped ticking on February 17, 2009. Their life continues to be in limbo, a waiting game filled with prayers and hope for Laura’s return. The enduring memory of Laura Marie Nimbach, however, is one that continues to spark an ongoing search, filled with the relentless belief that one day, she may walk back through that door.