Margaret Ellen Fox
Case #: (NCMEC) 959832
Margaret Ellen Fox was 14 years old when she was last seen getting on a bus in Burlington, New Jersey on June 24, 1974. She is a white female with brown hair and blue eyes, she has freckles on her face and was 5’2” and weighed 105 lbs at the time of her disappearance. Her date of birth is listed as February 4, 1960. Margaret was last seen wearing maroon flared jeans with a yellow patch on the knee, a long sleeved floral patterned blue blouse which was squared at the top and flared at the waist, a 34 B bra, a white and black checkered jacket, and brown sandals with a strap around the heels. She was also wearing a gold necklace with flowers and a blue stone, and a gold charm bracelet with a blue stone. She had with her a brown bag, and inside the bag was a pair of gold wire framed glasses that were hexagon shaped, with a broken off nose and temple piece, and a glasses case with a Huckleberry Hound design on it.
On June 24, Margaret had plans to meet with a man who called himself “John Marshall” in regards to a babysitting job that Margaret had advertised in town. John responded to the ad on June 19th. He told her he needed a babysitter for his young son the following weekend, but he postponed meeting her several times. He finally said he would meet her in a Red Volkswagen, and had told her he would pick her up at the corner of Mill and Main Streets in Mount Holly, New Jersey to have an interview with him. He gave Margaret a telephone number to reach him, but that number was eventually traced back to a public phone booth at a supermarket in Lumberton, New Jersey.
Margaret was seen getting on the bus at 8:40 a.m. by her younger sibling (reports differ on sister or brother) who had accompanied her to the bus stop. There were also witness reports seeing Margaret after she got off the bus at Mill and High Street.
After Margaret failed to return home, her parents notified authorities. In the hours after Margaret was reported missing, detectives started recording all phone calls placed to Margaret’s family home. One call was from a man who demanded $10,000 for Margaret’s return. He stated “$10,000 might be a lot of bread, but your daughter’s life is the buttered topping.” This caller has not been identified.
You can hear the audio on the FBI’s website: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/newark/news/press-releases/reward-and-new-information-offered-on-the-anniversary-of-a-burlington-county-cold-case
Margaret has not been located and “John Marshall” has not been identified. Other parents in the area complained that someone had attempted to lure their daughters with fake job offers. A suspect in 1976 confessed to being involved, but it eventually turned out to be a hoax.
Margaret took piano lessons in 1974 and she loved to ride horses. She graduated from St. Paul’s Grammar School in Burlington two weeks before she disappeared. Both of her parents are deceased, but her siblings are still alive and are hoping to find their sister.
If you have any further information, please contact the Burlington City Police Department at 609-386-3300.
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