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Case File 404DFWV

Dodd, circa 1977

Margret C. 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 William 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.

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

West Virginia State Police
Sgt M E Spradlin

Agency Number: 611018157

NCIC Number: M821197769
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
West Virginia State Police
NamUs MP #13244
Beckley Post Herald 10/13/77

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