The Trail Went Cold – Episode 218 – John & Faye Whatley

January 31, 1976. Bastrop County, Texas. After 73-year old John Whatley and his 68-year old wife, Faye Whatley, fail to show up at the wedding for Faye’s granddaughter, the police are asked to perform a wellness check at their ranch. John and Faye are discovered to be missing, but there is a bullet hole in their bedroom window and the entire bedroom door has been removed from the residence. Years later, serial killer Henry Lee Lucas confesses to having murdered the Whatleys and disposed of their bodies, but there is no evidence to corroborate his story and the couple are never found. Who was actually responsible for the Whatleys’ disappearance and what was their motive? Could it even be possible that John murdered his own wife before fleeing the country? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a truly baffling cold case involving a missing elderly couple. Special thanks to listener Diane Daily for narrating the opening of this episode.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office at (512) 549-5100.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.