CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Johnstown man is behind bars after an investigation into the disappearance and death of his wife in 2018, though questions still remain about a second missing woman.

Brian Giles, 46, was arraigned Friday afternoon on felony counts of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and hindering/destroying evidence, according to court documents.

Giles is accused of killing his wife, 40-year-old Nancy Giles. In October 2018, she was reported missing by her mother. Nancy’s skeletal remains were then found along the James Wolf Sculpture Trail in Johnstown in May 2019. Investigators noted her skull had been cracked and ruled her death a homicide in October 2019.

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The details of the investigation:

In November 2018, police questioned Brian about his missing wife. They also gathered information from other witnesses, including Nancy’s mother.

According to the affidavit, police received the following story through their investigation:

  • Oct. 10, 2018: Brian claimed that he went to Sheetz on Haynes Street around 6:40 p.m. to get a soda. When he came back to his home at the 500 block of Franklin Street 15-20 minutes later, he claimed Nancy was cheating on him with another man. He kicked her out along with the man she was allegedly cheating on him with.

  • Oct. 11, 2018: Brian said he found out Nancy was staying at a home in East Conemaugh, though he refused to tell detectives where he got that information.

  • Oct. 12, 2018: Brian claimed Nancy called him crying, saying she wanted to come home. Brian said he told her “no,” and Nancy responded by saying the man she was staying with in East Conemaugh was trying to rape her.

  • Oct. 13, 2018: Nancy was brought to her mother’s church in Defiance, Pennsylvania, by the man and woman Nancy was staying with in East Conemaugh. These two people were taking care of her once Brian kicked her out, according to her mother. This marked the last time Nancy’s mother would see her.

  • Oct. 16, 2018: Brian told police he saw Nancy somewhere, but he couldn’t remember where. He also claimed Nancy continued to beg him to come back home, though he kept telling her “no.”

  • Oct. 18, 2018: Brian alleged that he was near Central Park inside Boost Mobile when he saw Nancy walking near the park, though he was not sure if it was actually her or not.

  • Oct. 23, 2018: Nancy’s mother called Johnstown police to report her daughter missing.

  • Oct. 25, 2018: Brian said he went to church with his mother to grab a meal. After dropping his mother off at her home, he spotted Nancy in the middle of the Franklin Street Bridge. She allegedly hugged him and asked if she could come back in, and Brian again claimed to have told her “no” because she “can’t keep moving in and out,” police noted.

  • Oct. 28, 2018: Police told Nancy’s mother that they still had not found Nancy.

  • Oct. 30, 2018: Brian called state police in Ebensburg and told them Nancy was staying with another guy in Johnstown and that she was fine. He said he learned this information when he spoke with her at the bridge. When troopers asked Brian for more information, they reported Brian hung up. He did not answer when officers tried to call back.

  • Oct. 31, 2018: A worker from a mental health clinic in Johnstown, where Brian and Nancy would frequent, called police and reported Brian had left a post-it note that Nancy was at his house and safe. He also wrote to not go looking for her anymore.

  • Nov. 1, 2018: Brian told police that he was with Nancy the night of Oct. 30. He said Nancy came over crying and upset. Brian claimed she wanted to have sex, though he told her “no.” He fed her pork chops, gave her Kool-Aid and gave her $6. She then left, according to Brian.

  • Nov. 2, 2018: A witness told police in a January 2019 interview that she had a conversation with Brian about a rumor of him sleeping with other women that the witness lived with. The conversation eventually led to Nancy, and Brian told the witness, “I hope they do find her, with her f—— head split,” according to the affidavit. The witness told police that Brian’s demeanor while making that statement made her believe that he meant what he was saying. No one knew at the time that Nancy’s body would ultimately be discovered with a cracked skull.

  • Nov. 3, 2018: The same witness followed Brian from the Fairfield Avenue Lounge all the way toward the Stone Bridge. The witness said she watched Brian walk under the bridge and began taking photos of the woods across the river (where Nancy’s remains were later found). She then watched him walk around to the path where Nancy’s body was found. Police emphasized that at the time of the interview with this witness, no one knew this is where Nancy would be found.

  • Nov. 5. 2018: Nancy’s mother called police to tell them that Oct. 13 was the last she saw Nancy and that Nancy rarely went a day without speaking to her. She also told police she handled some of Nancy’s finances.

  • Nov. 6, 2018: Two workers from the mental health clinic told police they last saw Nancy on Oct. 14. Both workers helped Nancy to fill out an application for the Johnstown Housing Authority, and they both told police they were worried about Nancy because Brian had a temper and a history of domestic violence with Nancy. There was a point in time when they took Nancy to the Women’s Help Center to get away from Brian. They also told police Brian would go out of his way to convince people that he had seen her and that she was OK.

  • Nov. 8. 2018: This is the day police began interviewing Brian. He told police he believed Nancy was in hiding. During the recorded interview, Brian gave police permission to search his home. There, detectives found a crumpled missing person photo of Nancy – a photo Brian claimed he didn’t have.

  • Jan. 11, 2019: Police interviewed Brian again, though he contradicted previous statements he made about her disappearance.

  • March 21, 2019: Police interviewed Brian about the fact someone witnessed him throw two garbage bags of what was presumably Nancy’s body parts off the bridge. Brian denied these allegations and said there were cameras on the bridge, and “if” he did something like that, then the cameras would “see him throwing everything over the hill.” However, police only mentioned the bridge. They did not mention the hill.

    • Police also told Brian how they found Nancy’s clothes washed up on the riverbank, and Brian responded by saying, “That is not even humanly possible because I didn’t, there were no clothes there.” When Nancy’s body was eventually discovered, there were no articles of clothing with her remains. With the exception of whoever killed Nancy, no one would know that she was found without clothes.

    • When police asked Brian where he thought Nancy was, he said: “out of town.” Brian also said to the detectives, “What do you want me to tell you? That I know she is dead somewhere in a grave somewhere? Because I won’t tell you that.” Nancy’s remains were found two months after this interview in a shallow grave.

    • Police asked Brian how he would get rid of his wife, and he responded by saying, “I would, personally, put them in a box, sealed, maybe, maybe not, depending on where they fit, how they fit. And then take them to a location, put them in the ground.”

    • At the end of this interview, Brian said, “I know I didn’t put her in the river.” Police said he then caught himself and said, “That doesn’t mean I put anywhere else either.”

  • May 26, 2019: Human remains were found along the Wolf Sculpture Trail (Old Brownstown Road) on the hillside behind the Point Stadium and Stone Bridge by a man that was out metal detecting. He called police after he found what he believed to be a human bone. When police arrived, they moved some dirt around and found a skull. Investigators put a tarp over the scene to preserve the site until the next day.

  • May 27, 2019: Authorities dug up the human remains, later identified as Nancy. They noted her remains were mangled in the shallow grave, and her skull was face up while other bones were twisted, contorted and shoved in the grave. The bones were all mixed up, meaning she had not been laid there in an orderly fashion. There were also no signs of clothing.

  • May 28. 2019: An autopsy determined the remains belonged to Nancy by using her dental records and a device that was implanted in her chest. She was estimated to be dead for approximately seven to 10 months due to the advanced stage of decomposition.

    • The same day, detectives found Brian at the soup kitchen and told him Nancy’s remains were found on the hillside. He did not stop eating his food and continued as if nothing was wrong, according to police.

    • Police did not release details to Brian or the public on the state of Nancy’s remains. Only that her body had been found.

  • May 31, 2019: Detectives took samples of Brian’s DNA.

  • July 9, 2019: A report was released that said there was evidence of trauma on Nancy’s remains from previous abuse in addition to the trauma that led to her death. Before her death, she had a healing rib fracture and a fully healed fracture on the sternum. She also had significant fractures on her skull. Additionally, there was an unhealed fracture on the back of her head, and there was an incomplete fracture on her rib. All injuries are consistent with blunt force trauma.

  • Oct. 15, 2019: The Cambria County Coroner’s Office ruled Nancy’s death a homicide, and the manner of death was ruled homicidal violence.

  • Nov. 12, 2019: Police interviewed one of Brian’s family members who claimed to have heard Nancy was “running around on Brian” and that Brian got upset with her when she did that. He added that Brian assaulted Nancy many times, and she would end up in the hospital. Also, they said Brian would be at the soup kitchen and brag about how he assaulted his wife. At one point, Brian allegedly mentioned he would “bash [Nancy’s] head in with a rock and then bury her in the woods.”

  • Sept. 10, 2020: 43-year-old Jilly Todaro contacted the Cambria County District Attorney’s Office and told them she had items belonging to Nancy that Brian had given her, which included clothes and jewelry — such as Nancy’s engagement ring and wedding band. Todaro went missing in December 2020 and still has yet to be found.

  • October/November 2020: Police interviewed a man who was in jail with Brian, and he alleged that Brian told him police had found Nancy’s body severely decaying. However, investigators never gave Brian a description of how they found Nancy’s body or how long she had been dead. Only the person who murdered Nancy would have knowledge about her decaying at the time.


  • March 2022: Brian told probation officers that Johnstown detectives messed up at the crime scene because there should have been boot tracks. He also stated that the dirt at Nancy’s grave was different than other dirt – it was softer and there should have been boot prints visible. Police noted that Brian was right, the dirt at Nancy’s gravesite was extremely light and loose. However, the only person who could have known this was the person responsible for Nancy’s death as police never revealed the specific area Nancy was found.
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As a result of this investigation, Brian was arrested Friday, May 13, and charged with criminal homicide. He is currently lodged in Cambria County Prison after being denied bail. However, questions still remain about Todaro’s disappearance. She was last seen Dec. 13, 2020, and the two were believed to be in a relationship.

Brian was also arrested in May 2021 for allegedly threatening a woman’s life at a bus station. He reportedly blamed the woman for a recent arrest he went through at the time.

Anyone with information on Todaro should reach out to police via Cambria County’s non-emergency number at 814-472-2100.

Brian’s preliminary hearing will take place May 25.

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“This case demonstrates the commitment and dedication of law enforcement to finding the perpetrators of violent crime,” Cambria County District Attorney Greg Neugebauer said. “This case began as a report of a missing person 2018, and JPD has never stopped working to bring justice to Nancy and her family. Many people and entities worked together on this case, and everyone will continue to work together to see this case through to the end. We appreciate the support and information from the community. When the community and law enforcement work together, our neighborhoods are safer.”

The extensive investigation was conducted by the Johnstown Police Department, Cambria County District Attorney’s Office, Cambria County Coroner’s Office, Mercyhurst University Department of Forensic Anthropology, Pennsylvania State Police as well as several other law enforcement entities.

FULL COVERAGE AS IT UNFOLDED:

  1. Police searching for missing woman, Nancy Giles
  2. Community helps parents of missing woman
  3. Skeletal remains found in Johnstown identified as missing woman
  4. Cambria County woman’s death now ruled a murder
  5. Police search for missing woman, Jilly Todaro
  6. Items recovered from search warrant after Jilly Todaro goes missing
  7. Police ask public to help find missing Johnstown woman’s family
  8. Giles, linked to two missing women, arrested for threatening a woman’s life in public