The Trail Went Cold – Episode 291 – Margie Dabney

December 5, 2001. Dallas, Texas. After boarding a flight from Indianapolis to Los Angeles, 70-year old Marjorie “Margie” Dabney and her husband stop for a layover at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Before they can make their connecting flight, Margie winds up disappearing and since she suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, there is fear that she might have become confused and wandered outside the airport. Nearly seven years later, skeletal remains found in a wooded area 15 miles away are positively identified as belonging to Margie. Since her cause of death is determined to be blunt force trauma, Margie’s case is ruled to be a homicide. But did how Margie go missing to begin with and what could the motive have been for her murder? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle an incredibly sad, but bizarre cold case in which a victim somehow managed to go missing from an airport. In addition, we’ll also be discussing the unsolved disappearance of 14-year old Charlotte Loomis, who vanished from Newark International Airport in September 1972.

If you have any information about the death of Margie Dabney, please contact the Lewisville Police Department at (972) 219-3640 or the Denton County Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). If you have any information about the disappearance of Charlotte Loomis, please contact the Eatontown Police Department at (732) 389-7649.

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

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.