Couple found murdered in West End woods remains Henrico’s biggest unsolved crime

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Who killed Donna Hall and Mike Margaret? It is a question that has been frustrating family, friends and investigators for more than 30 years. In 1984, Donna, an 18-year-old Freeman High School graduate and Mike Margaret, a 21-year-old graduate from Tucker High School were a young couple in love. They were well liked and enjoyed the company of many friends. On August 17 of that year the couple drove off in Mike's Jeep for two days of camping.

Mike Margaret and Donna Hall

Mike Margaret and Donna Hall

When the pair didn't return worried family members notified Henrico Police. Four days after they were last seen alive, their bodies were found by a dog walker in a wooded area near the Kings Crossing Apartment complex at Gaskins Road and Patterson Avenue.

Heavy rains washed away vital evidence, but investigators did discover small drops of blood in Mike's jeep that did not match the victims. Thirty years later, their killer or killers remain on the loose.

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Henrico's Cold Case Unit detectives called the Hall-Margaret murders the county's biggest unsolved crime. Investigators hope new DNA technology and people with knowledge of the case come forward. To contact Cold Case Investigators, please call 804-501-5240.

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