April 24, 2012
WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Law enforcement officials on Cape Cod have identified a body found in a remote area of woods in Falmouth on April 19 as Trudie Hall, a Nantucket resident who went missing in July 2010.
Officials are giving few details surrounding the investigation and the condition of Hall's body, beyond saying she was shot multiple times. Barnstable County District Attorney Michael O'Keefe said a person walking their dog found the body in woods adjacent to Falmouth Country Club and the Crane Wildlife Area — an area police had not previously searched.
"Last Thursday, skeletal remains were found in the town of Falmouth, and we indicated those remains would be analyzed by experts at the office of the medical examiner, including a forensic anthropologist and a forensic dentist," he said. "The medical examiners' office late yesterday, has identified the remains as Trudie Hall."
Hall, 23, was reported missing in July 2010 by her mother after Hall had traveled from Nantucket to Cape Cod, where she spent the night in a Yarmouth motel and rented a car. The car later was found in a commuter lot, with blood and bullet casings inside.
O'Keefe would not identify any suspects, but investigators had previously interviewed a Centerville man with a criminal record and seized some of his property during the investigation. That man has not been charged. O'Keefe indicated that anyone involved in the crime should step up now, saying, "There may be a possibility that someone knowingly or unknowingly aided the killer of Trudie after the fact, and we want that person to contact us."
Hall was approximately four months pregnant at the time of her disappearance, and O'Keefe said it was unclear whether a second murder charge for the unborn baby would be appropriate. He also would not confirm multiple media reports that Hall was married to more than one person at the time of her death, and may have been involved in an immigration scam.
"Some of the things that you have reported about Trudie that may or may not be true with respect to these immigration issues, not withstanding all that, she was a 23-year-old woman who had a family that loved her very much," he said.
While providing few details, O'Keefe said the location and condition of Hall's body provides law enforcement officials with some key information, and officials are confident that whomever was involved in her murder will be brought to justice.