Missing since June 22, 1979 from San Jose, Santa Clara County, California.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Gilliam met Gary Neal Johnson while hitchhiking in San Jose, California in 1977.
Gilliam was employed in a hospital and earned her GED (General Education Development) and her California Nurse's Aide license. She and Johnson moved into an apartment together when their finances allowed it.
Gilliam had been employed at a registry as a nurse's aide for three weeks on June 22, 1979. She was sent home from work on that day when she failed to arrive in her uniform. According to Johnson, Gilliam was last seen returning to their residence and disappeared. She has never been seen again.
Several of Gilliam's family members testified that they believed Johnson was responsible for her death. He was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Johnson maintains his innocence. Gilliam's body has never been located.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
San Jose Police Department
Agency Case Number: 79-1749541
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
Gary Johnson's Website
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