The Trail Went Cold – Episode 225 – Leila & Mary Rachel Bryan

May 10, 1941. Carolina Beach, North Carolina. 36-year old Leila Bryan and her three-year old daughter, Mary Rachel Bryan, leave their home in the family car in order to drive to a nearby store, but never return. After they are reported missing, an extensive search fails to turn up any trace of them or their car, but Leila’s family suspects that her husband, E.C. Bryan, might be responsible for the disappearances. Decades later, investigators perform a dig under the concrete foundation of E.C.’s former residence, but fail to turn up anything, so Leila and Mary Rachel remain missing persons. At the request of Leila’s great grand-niece, this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” will be commemorating the 80th anniversary of the baffling unsolved disappearance of a mother and daughter.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500.

Join us on Saturday, May 15 at 8:00pm ET for an online streaming marathon where we will be watching classic segments from “Unsolved Mysteries”. You can enter our screening room by clicking on this link.

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

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.