Girard’s Charlotte Nagi Pollis still missing 25 years later

Tribune Chronicle / Renee Fox Breanna Charlotte Nagi, the niece of Charlotte Pollis, writes a note to her aunt, who has been missing for 25 years. Nagi said people tell her she shares a lot of traits with her aunt, for whom her middle name was chosen.

GIRARD — Dozens of people showed up at Girard First United Methodist Church Saturday afternoon to remember Charlotte Nagi Pollis, who was reported missing from her Girard home on March 12, 1994.

Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of her disappearance, and her brother, Ali Nagi, continues to search for answers. He follows up on every lead or tip he and the Girard Police Department receive.

“I get a lot of people contacting me through social media, giving me leads,” said Nagi, of McDonald. “My phone is constantly blowing up with people telling me this or that.”

Charlotte Pollis was 28 years old when she was reported missing from her Girard home by her husband, Paul Pollis.

Girard police Chief John Norman was a patrolman at the time and took the initial report.

Norman said he remembers going door to door, asking residents if they had seen or heard anything.

Reports state when Charlotte Pollis was reported missing, she took no belongings, money or her medicine. She left behind her family, including her husband, children, parents and five siblings. Family members searched much of Trumbull County and beyond for any sign that would lead to Pollis, but nothing was found.

Even now, 25 years later, there’s no significant evidence that would provide investigators any clue to her whereabouts or even if she’s still alive, Norman said.

“We’ve never even found any clothing or anything descriptive that would lead us to believe one thing or another,” Norman said.

The chief said most leads have dried up, turning the investigation into a cold case. But, he said, sometimes people do come forward with information.

“When it’s back in the news, we seem to get some calls and some leads, and we always follow up on them,” Norman said.

No one has ever been charged in Pollis’ death or disappearance.

“Over the years, we’ve gone through names and we’ve been given names, but to say that we have one solid one, I can’t really say that,” Norman said. “Some of those names, we ran down, but it just didn’t pan out.”

Pollis’ husband, Paul Pollis, who was 27 at the time, was not available to police days after his wife’s disappearance, but returned to Trumbull County several months later.

Police charged him with obstructing official business because he wasn’t available for questioning and didn’t show for a polygraph test, which was scheduled three days after Pollis reported Charlotte missing.

A judge dismissed the charges, saying Paul Pollis had a Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. The judge said Paul had cooperated with police by speaking with them and allowing a search of his home shortly after he filed a missing persons report on his wife.

Norman said cases like this can be frustrating and can affect investigators.

“At times you have to let it go, if not it’ll beat you up,” Norman said. “The anniversary dates are always tough on you. You question yourself and ask, ‘What did I miss; what did we miss; did we do everything right?’

“It’s tough on you as a human being, let alone as being an investigator. It can get a person to start having doubts on your abilities.”

Nagi said the family hopes one day to have an answer for what happened to his sister.


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