The Trail Went Cold – Episode 334 – Chad Langford

March 12, 1992. Huntsville, Alabama. SPC Chad Langford, an Army military policeman stationed at the Redstone Arsenal, performs a patrol of the base and sends in a radio call that he is investigating an abandoned vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Chad is found lying in the middle of the road with a gunshot wound to the head and since the Army believes that Chad was shot with his own weapon, they conclude that he staged an elaborate suicide in order to make it look like he was killed in the line of duty. However, Chad’s family notices a number of strange discrepancies which make them think he was murdered, as he had spoken about doing some secret undercover work investigating drug activity prior to his death. Was Chad Langford the victim of foul play before the whole thing was covered up? Or was the original suicide ruling correct all along? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a bizarre military-themed mystery which has been the subject of controversy for three decades.

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

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.