Nicole Marranca

ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca woman Nicole Marranca has been missing for six months now, leaving investigators searching still looking for leads and family members hoping for a resolution.

Marranca was 27 years old when she went missing around Aug. 18. Police say she was last seen at the Economy Inn, located at 658 Elmira Road in Ithaca.  Since then, there have been no confirmed sightings of her, and Marranca’s friends and family have said she has not contacted them.

A few people have since said she was also seen at The Old Goat downtown, where she (or possibly somebody else) left her ID. Police have declined to publicly comment about the claim.

Officer Jamie Williamson said Monday that the case is still an open investigation.

“We unfortunately do not have any significant new developments to announce, and we renew our plea to the public for their assistance,” he said.

Since Marranca went missing, her father Nick Marranca and step-mother Kelley Marranca have made multiple trips to Ithaca to look for her.

They said they know Nicole is addicted to heroin and worked as an escort to get money to feed her habit. She often posted provocative ads online looking for “dates.” She’d been arrested several times in the past. Many of her friends are also involved in drugs and sex work.

But that wasn’t always the lifestyle she lived.

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Her family remembers her as a young woman who rode horses and won equestrian competitions. She has a young daughter her parents take care of.  They’d tried to help here get sober in the past but their efforts were not successful. Despite that, Nicole Marranca stayed close to her father.

“She used to call me all the time. She was a daddy’s girl,” Nick Marranca said.

Kelley Marranca wrote in a Facebook post Sunday, “Nicole Marranca six months ago you were last seen. I know you didn’t vanish into thin (air). We pray every night that you are ok.”

She said that they will never stop looking for her.

“We miss you and love you and will never stop trying to figure out where you are. Sleep tight baby where ever you are,” she wrote.

The family is offering a $1,000 reward for any tip that directly leads to the finding of Nicole Marranca.

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Marranca is described as a white 28-year-old woman who is about 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds. She has blue eyes and her dark blonde hair was cut just above her shoulders when she went missing. She also has a red, white, and blue Grateful Dead tattoo between her shoulder blades.

If you have any information about the current whereabouts of Nicole Marranca please contact the Ithaca Police Department Investigations Division by the following means:

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Drug Tipline: 607-330-0000

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.