October 21, 1954. Verdun, Quebec. Nine-year old Clifford Sherwood leaves for school and meets up with his 12-year old friend, George Gumbly. The two boys never arrive at school or return home and are subsequently reported missing. Clifford’s mother, Frances Sherwood, believes that her abusive ex-husband, Nephi “Tex” Sherwood, abducted Clifford and took him across the country to British Columbia, but there is no evidence to implicate him. When Tex passes away three decades later, his family discovers that he had been living under a false identity and led a secret double life, furthering their belief that Tex raised Clifford under a new identity and giving them hope that Clifford might still be alive somewhere. But if Clifford was abducted by his father, what happened to George Gumbly? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a truly bizarre mystery which is considered to be the oldest registered missing children’s case in the history of Canada. Special thanks to the “Lost and Found” blog for being a source of information for this episode.
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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.
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