The Trail Went Cold – Episode 223 – Mistie Murray

May 31, 1995. Goderich, Ontario. After leaving her school, 16-year old Mistie Murray fails to return home and is subsequently reported missing. Even though there are several eyewitness sightings placing Mistie at numerous locations in the weeks following her disappearance, police focus their attention on her adoptive father, Steve Murray. Over three months later, Steve is arrested for Mistie’s murder after he is accused using his boat to dump her body in Lake Huron. However, since there is virtually no evidence against Steve, he winds up being acquitted when he goes on trial. Did Steve suffer the dubious distinction of being prosecuted for a nonexistent murder? If Mistie was not a victim of foul play and ran away of her own accord, what ultimately happened to her? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore one of the most bizarre and controversial missing persons cases in Canadian history.

If you have any information about this case, please contact ChildFind at 1-800-387-7962.

Additional Reading:

“Damaged Angels” by Bonnie Buxton

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

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.