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The Trail Went Cold is a true crime podcast where writer Robin Warder examines unsolved mysteries and offers his own theories as to what really happened.
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September 4, 1993. Plano, Texas. While attending a soccer game at Carpenter Park with her family, seven-year old Ashley Estell goes missing after an apparent abduction. The following day, Ashley is found strangled to death next to an isolated dirt road six miles away. The investigation soon leads to a paroled sex offender named Michael Blair, who is subsequently convicted of Ashley’s murder and sentenced to death. However, as the years go by, the case against Blair begins to fall apart and DNA testing eventually exonerates him of the crime. So who was actually responsible for the murder of Ashley Estell? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a controversial case which led to the passing of some new laws, but failed to bring the right perpetrator to justice.“The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”.“The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details.The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website.“The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify.The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
November 21, 1979. Craig, Colorado. After spending the evening at a dance, 15-year old Marie Blee heads to a party at a mobile home park, but never returns home. Two days later, Marie’s parents receive an anonymous phone call demanding a $5,000 ransom for her return. The caller is soon revealed to be 18-year old Monty Doolin, who drove Marie to the party, but he denies any involvement in her disappearance. Over the next few decades, investigators would receive contradictory accounts from several eyewitnesses about what might have happened to Marie on the night she went missing. They eventually name three persons of interest, but Marie is never found. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles a very frustrating cold case about a missing teenage girl in which the full truth has yet to be uncovered.“The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”.“The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details.The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website.“The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify.The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
April 22, 1985. Vinita Park, Missouri. 27-year old wife and mother Linda Sherman does not show up for her shift at work and her abandoned car is soon discovered in an airport parking garage. Since Linda had recently filed for divorce from her controlling husband, Don Sherman, he is suspected of being responsible for her disappearance. Five years later, a skull is discovered outside Don’s favourite restaurant and after it is kept in an evidence room for 14 months, police receive an anonymous note confirming that the skull belongs to Linda. In spite of this, Don maintains his innocence and the rest of Linda’s remains are never found. Did Don Sherman murder his wife, dig up her skull and plant it outside the restaurant? If he wasn’t responsible, who did kill Linda and what was their motive? We shall explore both sides of this truly bizarre unsolved murder case on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”.“The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details.The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website.“The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify.The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
November 15, 1928. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. 29-year old Glen Hyde and his 22- year old wife, Bessie, decide to spend their honeymoon taking a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon down the rapids of the Colorado River and hope to attain a new speed record. Shortly after stopping at the home of a photographer named Emery Kolb, the Hydes vanish without a trace. Their empty boat is eventually discovered on the river nearly 150 miles away with all of the couple’s supplies and possessions onboard, but Glen and Bessie are nowhere to be found. Over the next several decades, there would be a number of surprising twists, including a woman who claimed to be Bessie Hyde and the discovery of an unidentified male skeleton in Emery Kolb’s boathouse. Did Glen and Bessie Hyde drown in the Colorado River, or was something a lot more sinister behind their disappearances? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles the Grand Canyon’s most famous mystery, which has remained unsolved for nearly a century. Special thanks to listener Colin Zavitz for providing the opening narration on today’s episode. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”.“The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details.“The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify.The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
August 18, 2010. Leduc County, Alberta. While staying with her infant son and a friend at a motel, 20-year old Amber Tuccaro decides to hitchhike to Edmonton. She never returns and is subsequently reported missing. Two years later, police release audio of a recording from Amber’s cell phone in which she can be heard conversing with a male driver on the night of her disappearance. Amber expresses fear that this man is taking her to a remote area and it seems likely she was murdered shortly after the call ended. Within days, Amber’s skeletal remains are discovered in a farmer’s field, but the voice of the male driver is never positively identified. October 12, 2011. Parkland County, Alberta. After spending the night playing in a soccer tournament, 36-year old wife and mother Jolene Cote stops to make some purchases at Wal-Mart before heading home. The following morning, Jolene’s husband wakes up and discovers her body on the grass outside their rural home, and it becomes apparent that she was attacked shortly after pulling into the driveway. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police remains very secretive about many aspects of this investigation, but express their belief that Jolene was not a randomly targeted victim. Listen to "The Secret Room" podcast, hosted by Ben Hamm. Special thanks to Ben for providing the opening narration on today's episode, which covers two unsolved cold cases from Alberta.“The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”.“The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details.“The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify.The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
June 26, 2009. McCleary, Washington. After stopping by a friend’s house, 10-year old Lindsey Baum leaves to walk home. Even though her trip should have only taken ten minutes, Lindsey never arrives and is soon reported missing, but a massive search effort fails to turn up any trace of her. Eight years later, skeletal remains are discovered in a remote area 150 miles away and DNA testing eventually matches them to Lindsey. While the investigation turns up a couple of persons of interest, including two local residents who provided false information about their alibis on the night Lindsey went missing, no one has ever been charged with her murder. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle one of the most heavily discussed unsolved missing children’s cases of the past decade. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”.“The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details.“The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify.The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
September 13, 1991. Burbank, California. 37-year old Tom Roche makes plans to meet his spouse, Barbara Rondeau, for lunch, but never shows up. When Barbara returns to their apartment, she discovers that the front door is unlocked and Tom is missing. Six days later, Barbara receives an envelope containing some of Tom’s personal items, along with an anonymous confession letter to his murder. While there is some speculation that Tom could have staged his own disappearance, some of his skeletal remains and personal possessions are eventually discovered in a remote area 500 miles away. Tom’s cause of death is determined to be a gunshot wound, but the circumstances of how he wound up dead remain unclear. Was Tom Roche abducted and murdered? Was the anonymous confession letter actually written by his killer? We will explore a number of these unanswered questions as we cover a very baffling case on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”.“The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details.“The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify.The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
January 10, 1999. Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. While walking home from a friend’s house during the early morning hours, 17-year old Ricky Hochstetler is fatally struck by a vehicle on the shoulder of a county highway in a hit-and-run. The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department soon announce that parts from a Chevrolet truck or van were found at the scene, but an extensive investigation fails to turn up the vehicle which hit Ricky. As the years go on, the sheriff’s department start facing allegations that they mishandled crucial evidence and orchestrated a cover-up, and rumours spread that an off-duty police officer may have been responsible for Ricky’s death. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore another controversial case which took place in Manitowoc County six years before Steven Avery was arrested for the murder of Teresa Halbach and involves many of the same law enforcement figures featured in “Making a Murderer”. Special thanks to listener Stephanie Rouleau for providing the opening narration on today’s episode. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”.“The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details.“The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify.The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
February 11, 1979. Hana, Hawaii. Five men – 27-year old Scott Moorman, 31-year old Peter Hanchett, 38-year old Benjamin Kalama, 26-year old Patrick Woesner and 27-year old Ralph Malaiakini - leave the island of Maui on a fishing trip in a boat named the “Sarah Joe”. When a violent storm hits the area, the Sarah Joe and its crew do not return and an extensive search effort fails to find them. Nine-and-a-half years later, the Sarah Joe is discovered over 2,300 miles away on a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands, along with a marked grave containing the skeletal remains of Scott Moorman. However, no trace of the other four missing men is ever found. How did the Sarah Joe wind up so far away? Were any of the crew members still alive when it arrived? If not, who was responsible for burying Scott Moorman? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine one of the most bizarre and unique mysteries involving the disappearance of a boat. This episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is brought to you by “Murder Book”, a new true crime podcast hosted by bestselling author Michael Connelly, available on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”.“The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details.“The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify.The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
July 12, 2007. Sykesville, Pennsylvania. The fire department shows up at the burning home of 33-year old Joey Lynn Offutt. The body of her six-week old infant son, Alexis Alfred Borden III, is in the bathtub, but Joey herself is nowhere to be found. Three days later, Joey’s abandoned car is discovered over 60 miles away at an apartment complex in State College where she had previously lived. It turns out that no one can actually confirm having seen Joey or her son in the week prior to the fire. Could Joey have been responsible for her child’s death before she went on the run? Or were they both murdered by an unknown perpetrator who disposed of Joey’s body? We shall explore all the different angles of a truly perplexing missing persons case on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”.“The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details.“The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music.Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify.The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
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Comments (28)

Lestyloo

I'm like 'shut up & just tell the story'.

May 3rd
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Betsy Harper

best intro yet!

Apr 25th
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Adam Gelatt

wtf this story is nuts

Apr 8th
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Daniel Dippel

The sci fi music needs to go. Would fit well if this was an alien invasion or UFO landing. Hopefully he drops it in future podcasts.

Apr 1st
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Adam Gelatt

best podcast

Mar 28th
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Cynthia Brown

Adam Gelatt high quality true crime show!

Mar 28th
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Yuhan Bao

Adam Gelatt the music is some top notch.

Mar 28th
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Rachel Minton

I enjoyed the podcast untill the end when he made very lazy, unresearched, and unsubstantiated accusations against people. This guy seems to be making alot of unfounded claims against people and calling them out by name as suspects. His arguments for the suspect in the Dana Stidham case are based on his opinions and assumptions.

Mar 26th
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Adam Gelatt

this episode gave me legit nigtmares

Mar 11th
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Feb 20th
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Adam Gelatt

holy shiiit

Feb 19th
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Judie PinkGrl Rutter

A psycho obsessed with first Mary steals her ring then plans the 2nd murder as a cover?

Feb 9th
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Professional Model

Mr. S. Green was shot because he was the "FBI" agent that knocked on her door.

Nov 15th
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Chrisi Atha

I really wanted to like this podcast but between your obvious disgust with sex workers and that lame, deadpan way you say the "trail went cold" I just can't get into it.

Nov 2nd
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Adam Gelatt

Chrisi Atha ????????

Feb 26th
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mmmmmmg

Oct 17th
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Professional Model

I remember seeing this case on unsolved mysteries back in the day. My memory is somewhat different: although it didn't look good for him, he didn't seem that weird to me.

Oct 11th
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Eugenia

Robin is seriously just THE best. He is always very natural, he doesn't sound like he is reading from a script. That is a huge pet peeve of mine. He gives a lot of detail, rather than just scratching the surface, and his theories are very well thought out. I really love this podcast and I hope many others will get on board and help support it.

Oct 4th
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Megan Smetzer

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Sep 20th
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Jennifer W

Good episode. However it's not pronounced Reading.. it's pronounced REDing..

Sep 8th
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natalie figueroa

Maybe you could look into the murder of Blake Crews? His mom is one of the sweetest people you could ever meet and she and her husband and family deserve justice. There are people that know what happened that night. Video from the Kentucky State Police asking for help from the community: https://youtu.be/yEnhRA26txw

Jul 16th
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Kevin Lynch

I'd like to hear an episode on Amber Hagerman

Jul 7th
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Leah Campbell

maybe you could cover MISSING PERSON MARILYN LEHAN EASTPORT – Marilyn Lehan was last known to be living with her husband in the town of Eastport. She was last seen during the summer of 2002, by a relative. Investigative efforts have not produced any alternate addresses or any indication that she is living at another location. If you have any information about the disappearance of Marilyn Lehan, please contact Maine State Police – Major Crimes Unit North, 198 Maine Avenue, Bangor, Maine 04401 or call them at 207-973-3750. You may also report information about this crime using the leave-a-tip form at the link below. http://www.maine.gov/dps/msp/criminal_investigation/report_crime/cid3.html

Jul 1st
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