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    WV - Margaret 'Margie' Dodd, 27, Beaver, 7 Sept 1977

    Margret Dodd
    Missing since September 7, 1977 from Beaver, West Virginia.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics


    Date Of Birth: May 8, 1950
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 27 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'6" - 168 cm; 141 lbs - 64 kg
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown eyes; brown hair

    Circumstances of Disappearance


    Margret Dodd was abducted when she stopped her vehicle at a vacant service station lot four miles from her place of employment at the Cardinal State Bank near Beckley. Witnesses claim to have heard her screaming while she was being forced into an unidentified vehicle. While there were no descriptions of the alleged kidnappers, police were initially searching for three men believed to be involved with the case.

    An ex-convict, James Hendree of Akron, Ohio, claimed he had kidnapped Dodd, or was at least in contact with the kidnappers. He called Dodd's parents, also of Akron, several times, the first time being on September 22nd. At first he claimed that she was being held outside of Ohio, then he claimed she was being held in Akron. He demanded a ransom of $10,000.

    Arrangements were made for the alleged kidnapper to meet with one of Dodd's relatives so that the money could be collected and Dodd's whereabouts revealed. An FBI agent, posing as Dodd's father, met with the extortionist. The trip ended in Barberton, about seven miles outside of Akron, when Hendree held a concealed object to the FBI agent's head, claiming it was a gun. He threatened to shoot if he wasn't given the ransom money. Another agent, hidden in the car, ordered Hendree to drop the weapon. When he failed to do so, the second agent fired, killing Hendree. The concealed weapon was later discovered to be a pencil.

    Investigators acknowledged that there was a possibility that Hendree only posed as the kidnapper to extort the money.

    Margret Dodd is originally from Akron, Ohio but was living near Beckley, West Virginia at the time of her disappearance, while she lived in West Virginia with her husband.

    Some agencies list her disappearance date as September 8, 1977 and spell her name "Margaret". She has never been located.

    Investigators

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    West Virginia State Police
    Sgt M E Spradlin
    304-647-7600

    Email: wvtroopers@wvstatepolice.com

    NCIC Number: M-821197769


    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:

    West Virginia State Police
    The Doe Network: Case File 404DFWV

    LINK:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/404dfwv.html

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    Margret is not listed in NamUs at this time.

    No archived articles for Margret.

    This week will mark 33 years that Margret has been missing. Come home soon.

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    Bumping case up. Has anyone seen any other information on her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Bumping case up. Has anyone seen any other information on her?
    It's not much but it does at least let people who knew her, and her family, that she hasn't been forgotten. I'm hoping this will lead to more information s to what happened to Margaret.
    http://www.wvva.com/story/26511193/2...-old-cold-case

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    Thank you for bumping Margret's case up. She has been missing for over 37 years now.

    Here are some more links:

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/13244

    http://newspaperarchive.com/us/west-...ld/1977/10-13/

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    Another bump and a bit more information. The following link gives quite a good summary plus a few details I have not seen elsewhere (such as the victims approach to the car following which does suggest a party known to the victim). http://raleighcounty.crimestoppersweb.com/misc.aspx?p=1
    The next link is to a discussion blog from 2014 where a poster states there were marital issues and suggests suspects are known and have influence over LE. Whether this is solid information or just gossip is unknown. http://www.topix.com/forum/city/beck...38TC73OL0D6EF1

    It does seem that the husband, Kent Dodd merits a closer look. His full name is Julian Kent Dodd (from Ancestry marriage record to Margaret Horan in Ohio in June 1972). He may now be living in Raleigh, NC (as a Julian Kent Dodd owns property there). Having said he is worth a look it has to be said that he does not present as an obvious suspect judging by his behaviour after the event (cooperation with police, public grieving) and his lack of any subsequent issues I can find. One oddity which did emerge was that weeks before the snatch of his wife he filed a complaint against Beckley Water Company with the Public Service Corporation of WV; http://www.psc.state.wv.us/scripts/o...ource=Archives
    Call me paranoid but I do wonder if there is anything here to suggest motive.

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    Such an odd case. Did her hubby remarry?

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    Margaret's body has been identified as a Jane Doe who was discovered in 1993 on Bolt Mountain. Apparently, family recognized belongings found with the skeleton and mitochondrial DNA testing just confirmed her identity.

    http://www.wvva.com/story/35904384/2...-old-cold-case


    Cali Doe was Tammy Jo

    1-25-2015

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    RIP Margaret.

    I hope there can still be justice after so many years.
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    Here's the link for the remains identified as Margaret: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ountain-Nov-93
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    Body found on Bolt Mountain positively identified as that of woman who went missing in 1977
    Police said Tuesday that they have positively identified the body of a woman found on Bolt Mountain in 1993 as that of Margaret “Margie” Dodd, a 27-year-old bank employee who was reportedly abducted from Beaver in 1977.

    Dodd, who was originally from Akron, Ohio, had left her job at Cardinal Bank in Beckley and was driving to her Shady Spring home when she pulled her vehicle into an abandoned gas station in Beaver on Sept. 7, 1977, and was reportedly abducted by two unknown male suspects.

    Based on the circumstances of her disappearance, Raleigh County Sheriff's Office Capt. Larry Lilly reported Tuesday, she'd been officially declared dead.

    Lilly said he and a team of investigators, including former Beckley Police Department Chief Detective Frank Pack and West Virginia State Police Sgt. R.A. Daniel, will be working to identify the person or persons responsible for her death.


    http://www.register-herald.com/news/...67f43fc85.html
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    oh wow, that's amazing she was identified after all this time. Weird they never showed the jewellery to her family before... like surely they considered it if she had been missing from the area.



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