April 26, 1980. St. Kilda, Australia. 43-year old Louise Faulkner and her two-year old daughter, Charmian Faulkner, are seen climbing into a car driven by an older man. Louise had told a neighbour she was planning to visit her boyfriend at his farm, but she does not return and both Louise and her daughter are reported missing. The investigation eventually focuses on George Sutherland, a married man who had been carrying on an affair with Louise and is believed to be Charmian’s biological father. 26 years later, the media receives an anonymous letter from someone who claims they heard George confess to Louise and Charmian’s murders. This leads to a coronial inquest, but in the end, there is not enough evidence to implicate George and neither of the two victims are found. “The Trail Went Cold” is going back down under this week for an episode which explores one of the infamous missing persons cases in Australian history. Special thanks to listener Mel Badger for providing the opening narration for this episode.
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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.
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