The Trail Went Cold – Episode 366 – Patricia Viola

February 13, 2001. Bogota, New Jersey. The husband of 42-year old Patricia Viola returns home to discover that she has vanished and left all of her personal belongings behind. Prior to her disappearance, Patricia had been experiencing a lot of stress in her life and hinted to her best friend that she had something very important to get off her chest. One year later, a severed foot is found washed up on a beach 45 miles from Patricia’s residence. While DNA testing eventually confirms that the foot belongs to Patricia, the rest of her remains are never found and there is no explanation for how she died. Was Patricia Viola’s death a suicide or was she the victim of a foul play? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore the unexplained death of a beloved housewife and mother which still does not have a conclusive resolution.

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

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.