The Trail Went Cold – Episode 341 – Carol Ann Cole

January 28, 1981. Bossier Parish, Louisiana. The decomposed body of a young woman is discovered in the woods next to a remote logging road. The victim has been stabbed nine times, but since she cannot be identified, she becomes known as “Bossier Doe”. 34 years later, Bossier Doe is finally identified as 17-year old Carol Ann Cole, a Michigan resident who had run away from Texas a few months before she was killed. Suspicion turns towards John Chesson, the man who reported the discovery of Carol Ann’s body to the police, as his daughter was certain that Carol Ann had stayed at their family’s residence prior to her death and Chesson would go to prison for murdering another person several years later. Did John Chesson kill Carol Ann Cole or was someone else responsible? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore another tragic story about a Jane Doe who remained unidentified for three decades, but her murder is still unsolved.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Bossier Parrish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203.

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

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