The Trail Went Cold – Episode 329 – Lola Celli

February 23, 1946. Grandview Heights, Ohio. 24-year old Lola Celli leaves her parents’ residence in order to walk to the bus stop, but she soon vanishes without a trace. An eyewitness later reports seeing a woman struggling with a man inside a moving vehicle before a red shoe is thrown out the window. Since Lola was wearing shoes like that when she went missing, it is suspected that she was the victim of an abduction. Ten years later, the Grandview Heights police chief announces that the case has been closed because Lola was found alive in another town, but he never produces any evidence to confirm this and it eventually comes out that he may have been mistaken. Did Lola Celli disappear voluntarily or was she the victim of foul play? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore an older missing persons case known as “The Red Shoe Mystery”. Special thanks to Miranda Merrick of “The Midnight Library” podcast for narrating the opening of this episode.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Grandview Heights Police Department at (614) 488-7901.

Additional Reading:

“Murder & Mayhem in Columbus, Ohio” by Nellie Kampmann

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

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.