In 1974 within the small city of Burlington, New Jersey a 14-year-old lady, Margaret Ellen Fox, disappeared with out a hint after inserting an advert within the native newspaper promoting her babysitting companies.
After inserting the advert, Margaret Ellen acquired a name from a person figuring out himself as “John Marshall”. The person stated he wanted a babysitter and the 2 corresponded for awhile as the person saved altering the day he wanted a babysitter for. Ultimately he stated he would decide Mary Ellen up in a pink Volkswagon. Margaret Ellen left a be aware telling her mother and father the place she was going and acquired on a bus to the close by city of Mount Holly, NJ, one other small city 7 miles away. Her youthful sister walked along with her to the bus cease in Burlington and witnesses noticed Margaret Ellen in Mount Holly close to the bus cease, these are the final sightings of her.
When she by no means returned from her babysitting job, Margaret Ellen’s household known as the police. The quantity John Marshall gave Margaret Ellen was discovered to belong to a telephone sales space at a grocery retailer in Lumberton, NJ. Mount Holly is between the cities of Burlington and Lumberton.
Quickly after Margaret Ellen disappeared, a person started phoning the Fox residence. Police listened in on these calls because the caller demanded ransom for Margaret Ellen. The person on the telephone stated “$10,000 is likely to be a number of bread, however your daughter’s life is the buttered topping.” In 2019, the FBI cleaned up the audio recording of the person’s voice and launched it to the general public within the hopes of discovering justice for Margaret Ellen. You possibly can hear the person’s voice under:
Different mother and father within the Burlington space got here ahead after Margaret Ellen’s disappearance and stated their kids had not too long ago acquired suspicious pretend job gives as effectively.
Two years after Margaret Ellen disappeared a man came forward and claimed to be John Marshall, the person who kidnapped Margaret Ellen, and the voice on the telephone recording. Upon additional investigation, it was decided the person was mendacity and the confession was a hoax.
The FBI remains to be pursuing Margaret Ellen’s kidnapper. Of the FBI’s “lengthy reminiscence” in investigating chilly circumstances and the $25,000 reward they proceed to supply, Assistant Particular Agent in Cost Joseph Denahan stated in their 2019 press release “The neighborhood we serve has our solemn promise that we are going to pursue all viable choices within the curiosity of delivering justice. We notice that in lacking individuals circumstances, particularly these involving kids, there’s a beloved one or household on the different finish enduring heartache daily as a result of there is no such thing as a conclusion. We hope this renewed effort will produce outcomes which may give Margaret Fox’s household some sense of closure.”
In 2019 the FBI additionally labored with consultants to create a photograph of what Margaret Ellen Fox would appear like right this moment, as a girl in her 50s:
Margaret Ellens’ siblings are nonetheless alive and a few nonetheless reside in Burlington.