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Hall was a freshman at Radford University in 1980, enrolled in the summer session. She was last seen after she went out dancing with friends at the Marriott nightclub in Radford, Virginia on June 28, 1980. One of her companions, Stephen Epperly, who taught at Radford University, convinced her to go with him to a cabin at Claytor Lake. When questioned by police, Epperly said he and Hall had gone to the cabin and she called her sister and stated she would be home in the morning. Hall's sister stated the call came between 1:00 and 1:30 a.m. and Hall sounded nervous. According to Epperly, he went swimming but Hall did not. Afterwards they left the cabin and Hall dropped him off in Radford, and he went to bed. Hall has never been heard from again.
When police examined the cabin, they discovered that someone had tried to clean up, but bloodstains in Hall's type were apparent in several places, both outside and inside. A striped towel, a blue towel, a quilt, a bath mat and some cleaning supplies were missing. Epperly could provide no explanation. Hall's sister's brown Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which Hall had been driving that night, was found abandoned at the Pulaski County end of the railroad trestle over the New River. The driver's seat was pushed all the way back; Hall was so short that she had to drive with the seat pushed all the way forward. There were Type O bloodstains inside the trunk and hairs consistent with Hall's. A photo of the car is posted below this case summary.
Hall's remains have never been found, but foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved. Her case was the first murder conviction without a body in Virginia history.
Virginia State Police