The Trail Went Cold – Episode 26 – Jean Moore

April 9, 1992. 59-year old Jean Moore and her 70-year old fiancee, Al Henderson, have traveled from their hometown of Apple Valley, California for a vacation in Laughlin, Nevada. On the morning they were planning to return home, Al claims he dropped Jean off at a casino before she vanished without explanation. However, Jean does not show up on the casino’s surveillance footage, which contradicts many aspects of Al’s story. Investigators wonder if Jean even arrived in Laughlin to begin with and suspect her fiancee might be withholding information. Was Al responsible for what happened to Jean? We attempt to answer that question as we examine a baffling spousal disappearance in this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”.

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4 thoughts on “The Trail Went Cold – Episode 26 – Jean Moore

  • There really isn’t enough evidence to come to any sort of conclusion here, but I think Al adding “may have amnesia” to the flyers might give something away. That seems like an oddly specific thing to put in when you supposedly have no idea what happened to someone, or where they are and why. That sounds like he was accounting for something in case she was ever found. Perhaps he was abusive and she ran off away form him, and that’s when she disappeared. Then again, he did put a fair amount of effort and money into finding her, more than if he was just pretending to cover himself, and he does sound regretful to a degree. The answer may be somewhere in the middle…something where she left for some reason and never came back. Either way, unless her remains are found, this one will probably never be solved.

  • Just listening to this story, Al checks every box for “trying to divert suspicion from himself a little too much”

    I agree with the assessment here that Al’s actions that day only make sense if you consider his primary motivation for the actions is to construct an alibi. I think the only question is : did Al kill her intentionally or accidentally. It might be easy for the eyewitnesses to be mistaken about the date, or who exactly Al was with, and his bookkeeper might be lying as well or have been tricked on the phone.

    Either way, it seems like a clear situation of: the police know he’s guilty, they just don’t have enough evidence to convict, and, after nearly 30 years, I doubt they ever will

  • Also, sorry, I hate to double post, but since I can’t edit my comment, I think, in my opinion, odds are, Jean never made it to Laughlin. Not only because it’s hard to prove she ever made it there, but also because it makes sense for Al to try to direct all the search efforts to the wrong place. If she nearer to home, Al had miles and miles to bury the body and he could have travelled anywhere to do it while supposedly on vacation in Laughlin. But then directing all suspicion to that location means civilians and officers alike are going to devote resources to a red herring

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