The Trail Went Cold – Episode 316 – John & Shelly Markley

December 15, 1995. Bristolville, Ohio. The children of 36-year old John Markley and his 32-year old wife, Shelly Markley, return home from school and discover that their parents are gone, though there is evidence to suggest that an intruder was in the house. The couple’s pick-up truck is also missing and it is soon found abandoned in a nearby town. It turns out that on the same morning they disappeared, John and Shelly were seen cashing a cheque at a bank’s drive-thru window and even though the teller recalled seeing another man inside the truck with them, he is never identified. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we cover the perplexing the unsolved disappearance of a married couple, who may have been abducted and murdered by an outside party. In addition, we will also discuss the unsolved 1974 disappearance of 21-year old Joanne Coughlin, who also went missing in northeastern Ohio and had someone attempt to withdraw money from her bank account at a drive-thru teller window after she disappeared.

If you have information on the disappearances of John and Shelly Markley, please contact the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office at (330) 675-2508. If you have information about the disappearance of Joanne Coughlin, please contact the Youngstown Police Department at (330) 742-8900

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

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.