The Trail Went Cold – Episode 285 – Dana Bradley

December 14, 1981. St. John’s, Newfoundland. 14-year old Dana Bradley leaves her friend’s residence to head back home, but she never arrives and eyewitnesses report seeing her hitchhiking and climbing into a vehicle driven by an unidentified man. Four days later, Dana’s body is found in a remote wooded area and she has been killed by multiple blows to the skull with a blunt instrument. Over the next four decades, investigators explore a number of different leads, included a confession from a suspect that is later recanted and an account from a witness who claims he was present when Dana’s murder took place, but these leads never pan out and all attempts to identify the killer are unsuccessful. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we return to our podcast’s home country of Canada to explore what is probably the most famous unsolved cold case from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Newfoundland & Labrador divisional headquarters of the RCMP at (709) 772-5400 or the Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.