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Mississippi Missing: Who abducted the Biloxi widowed golf devotee in 1980?


Marguerite Mary "Peggy" Mayden was the widow of an Air Force Colonel and an avid competitive golfer who played the sport with a passion starting sometimes in the 1960's.. She and her husband had made their home on the 10th hole of a local golf course in Biloxi, Mississippi before he died in 1976.


Mayden, 60, was last seen at her residence in the 100 block of Hickory Hills Circle in Biloxi on April 30, 1980. She has never been heard from again.


Her house was left in disarray with indications of a struggle. There were traces of blood, which someone had tried to clean up. However, there was no sign of forced entry to the residence and nothing was missing except Mayden's pet dog, her vehicle and Mayden herself.


Several days later, the dog was found northeast of Gulfport, Mississippi, about fifteen miles from Mayden's home; it was alive and well. Her vehicle was found abandoned at the Holiday Inn on Highway 90 in Biloxi.


Witnesses had seen a man parking it there on the evening of May 1, the same day Mayden was reported missing. There were bloodstains in the trunk; investigators believe her body was transported in there.


There were extensive searches by canines and helicopter, and the Back Bay was dredged near Popps Ferry Bridge. A local creek was also searched.


Despite all of this, her body was never found, and no one was ever charged with her homicide. Nothing seemed to be missing from the home, and probate revealed several items of value to still be present there. There was no sign of forced entry.


If you have information that might shed some light on those ice cold missing persons case you are asked to call the Biloxi Police Department 228-435-6112.




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