The Trail Went Cold – Episode 312 – Bryan Nisenfeld

February 6, 1997. Bristol, Rhode Island. Bryan Nisenfeld, an 18-year old freshman at Roger Williams University, vanishes after leaving an afternoon class and most of his possessions are found in his dorm room. Nearly seven months later, a severed foot and a shinbone are found washed up on a beach located a few miles from campus and while they are positively identified as belonging to Bryan, the rest of his remains are never recovered. Suspicion is placed on a former student and friend of Bryan’s who supposedly made a threatening phone call to him prior to his disappearance, but there is no evidence to prove that foul play took place. Was Bryan Nisenfield’s death a homicide, a suicide or an accidental fall into the water? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a cold case involving a university student which still does not a definitive resolution after nearly 26 years.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Bristol Police Department at (401) 253-6900.

Additional Reading:

The Hawk’s Eye – Roger Williams University (Oct. 17, 1997)

The Hawk’s Eye – Rogers Williams University (Nov. 7, 1997)

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

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