The 14-Year-Old Who Placed A Babysitting Ad And Then Disappeared Forever


In 1974 within the small city of Burlington, New Jersey a 14-year-old lady, Margaret Ellen Fox, disappeared and not using a hint after inserting an advert within the native newspaper promoting her babysitting providers.

After inserting the advert, Margaret Ellen obtained a name from a person figuring out himself as “John Marshall”. The man mentioned he wanted a babysitter and the 2 corresponded for awhile as the person saved altering the day he wanted a babysitter for. Eventually he mentioned he would choose Mary Ellen up in a crimson Volkswagon. Margaret Ellen left a notice telling her dad and mom 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 together 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 cellphone sales space at a grocery retailer in Lumberton, NJ. Mount Holly is between the cities of Burlington and Lumberton.

Soon after Margaret Ellen disappeared, a person started phoning the Fox dwelling. Police listened in on these calls because the caller demanded ransom for Margaret Ellen. The man on the cellphone mentioned “$10,000 might be a lot of bread, but 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 can hear the person’s voice under:

Other dad and mom within the Burlington space got here ahead after Margaret Ellen’s disappearance and mentioned their youngsters had not too long ago obtained suspicious pretend job affords as nicely.

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 cellphone 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 “long memory” in investigating chilly circumstances and the $25,000 reward they proceed to supply, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph Denahan mentioned in their 2019 press release “The community we serve has our solemn promise that we will pursue all viable options in the interest of delivering justice. We realize that in missing persons cases, especially those involving children, there is a loved one or family at the other end enduring heartache every day because there is no conclusion. We hope this renewed effort will produce results that might give Margaret Fox’s family some sense of closure.”

In 2019 the FBI additionally labored with specialists to create a photograph of what Margaret Ellen Fox would appear to be in the present day, as a lady in her 50s:


Margaret Ellens’ siblings are nonetheless alive and a few nonetheless stay in Burlington.




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