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New leads in 20 year old Trumbull County unsolved mystery

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BRISTOLVILLE, Ohio -

There could be new information that may help solve the twenty-year-old mystery surrounding the disappearance of a Bristolville couple.

On December 15th,1995, ten days before Christmas, the children of John and Shelly Markley came home from school to find their parents gone. And they would never see them again. Trumbull county Sheriff Tom Altiere was in his first term as Sheriff in 1995.

"This has been on my mind for 20 years, this case," Altiere said.  The Sheriff says they've just recently been investigating new information on the case.

"As a matter of fact, a couple of weeks ago we got some more leads on this and it's funny because now it's the 20 year anniversary. We have interviewed three people last week and we're looking for three more people to interview," said Altiere.

The Sheriff could not say more about who they are talking to.  Back in 1995 Shelly Markley's sister, Linda Mason, said the couple were dedicated parents.

"John and Shelly love their children very much and were very protective. They would never never go away and leave them unattended," Mason said.

On the day they disappeared, John Markley's watch was found on the counter, along with Shelly's purse and her cigarettes, things that Alitere said you normally don't leave home without.

Detective Tom Stewart has put in a lot of work on the case, and says there are two large boxes filled with papers and documents related to the investigation.

The Sheriff's Department still has the Markley's pick up truck which was found abandoned in a parking lot on Elm Road in Warren.  Sheriff Altiere remains hopeful the case will eventually be solved.

"We just need that one tidbit to come up with and we can hopefully do some indictments," said Altiere.  

The Markley children, now in their 20's and 30's, still live in the Warren area. 
 

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