“Undetermined” investigates Jessica Easterly Durning’s unsolved case from 2019. When the 43-year-old suburban New Orleans resident was reported missing, her friends and family knew something was wrong. Jessica’s body was found close to her home over a week later and her cause of death was “undetermined” – this term is used by coroners to describe the cause or manner of death when little evidence is found.
Many factors and pieces of evidence caused Jessica’s family and friends to believe someone was involved in her disappearance and subsequent death. On this Tenderfoot TV podcast, investigative journalist Jessica Noll and former Detective Todd McComas dive into this unsolved case. If you’re enjoying this series, we’ve gathered more podcasts you might enjoy focusing on cold cases, missing persons, and more crimes.
C13Originals’ true crime series “Gone South” just started its second season. Season 1 investigated the murder of former Louisiana sex crimes prosecutor Margaret Coon. Season 2, also hosted by journalist Jed Lipinski, explores The Dixie Mafia – a group of traveling criminals who terrorized the Southeastern United States in the 1960s. This rag-tag organization led hundreds of members to participate in scams, heists, and murders. Jed interviewed the Dixie Mafia’s leader, Kirksey Nix, in jail for the series.
Imperative Entertainment’s “Devil Town” investigates 17-year-old Kelly Wilson’s disappearance in 1992. She was last seen leaving work at the local video store in Gilmer, Texas and headed to make a deposit at the bank. 30 years after Kelly’s disappearance, journalist Wes Ferguson went back to his hometown to investigate the case. Learn about the evidence and leads found in this 10-episode series.
33-year-old mother Christy Woodenthigh was found dead on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. CBS News’ “Missing Justice” explores what happened when her family arrived at her home, learned her body was nowhere to be found, and the investigation that followed. Reporters Cara Korte and Bo Erickson examine Christy’s story and how the problems directly link to ongoing issues in Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples cases.
Murder & Magnolias
Dateline NBC’s “Murder & Magnolias” travels to South Carolina’s Low Country for a tale of betrayal and crimes. Chris and Nancy Latham were prominent community members before tragedy struck. The story unraveled to reveal secrets and a murder-for-hire plot in the podcast hosted by Keith Morrison.
Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders
In 2017, Abigail Williams and Liberty German took a walk in Delphi, Indiana’s woods and were never seen again. One of the only pieces of evidence found at the time was a recording on Liberty’s phone that ordered the girls to walk “down the hill.” HLN’s “Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders” shared updates on the case in October 2022 when local Richard Allen was arrested and charged with murder. This series walked listeners through the investigation that identified suspects, led to an arrest, and analyzed various leads.
Hell and Gone
iHeartPodcasts’ “Hell and Gone” focuses on a different case each season. In season 4, writer and private investigator Catherine Townsend dove into an unsolved case in Arkansas. In 2015, 18-year-old Ebby Steppach’s abandoned vehicle was found with her phone and personal belongings inside. The keys were still in the ignition, the car was out of gas, and Ebby’s dead body was found. Catherine traveled to Arkansas to investigate the case and shared her findings on the podcast.
To Live and Die in LA
Tenderfoot TV and Audacy’s Cadence13 present “To Live and Die in LA,” the true crime podcast investigating two missing persons cases over two seasons. In 2018, aspiring actress Adea Shabani vanished from her apartment in Hollywood. Rolling Stone journalist Neil Strauss recruited a team to help investigate including his wife, neighbors, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger, and more.
Dead and Gone
Tenderfoot TV’s “Dead and Gone” digs into murders and unexplained accidents that affected Grateful Dead fans and explores how their untimely deaths might connect to other tragedies in the Deadhead community. There have been too many disappearances, deaths, and violent acts to go unnoticed. Check out 2 seasons hosted by Payne Lindsey (“Up and Vanished”) and Jake Brennan (“Disgraceland,” “27 Club,” and other podcasts.)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King and producer Kelsey Decker investigated Michelle Schofield’s case from 1987. Three days after she was reported missing, her abandoned car and body were found near a freeway in a canal called “Bone Valley.” Michelle’s husband, Leo, was convicted for first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, yet, Leo maintains his innocence. He has been in prison for 34 years despite new evidence. Stream this 9-episode podcast to hear what the investigation unearthed.
Up and Vanished
In season 1, Payne Lindsey investigated Tara Grinstead’s case, a Georgia high school teacher who vanished in 2005. The podcast drew attention to this cold case and new leads were discovered. In 2017, The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested 2 suspects for Grinstead’s murder. The second suspect, Ryan Duke, stood trial in May 2022. “Up and Vanished’s” 4th season covers Duke’s trial.