Gina Renee Hall

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Above: Hall, circa 1980

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 28, 1980 from Radford, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 107 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair. Hall has burn scars on her side extending from her upper arm to her thigh. Her blood type is O. She was a non-smoker and a non-drug user in 1980, and drank only occasionally.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue towel and ankle bracelet.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hall was a freshman at Radford University in 1980, enrolled in the summer session. She was last seen after she went out dancing with friends at the Marriott nightclub in Radford, Virginia on June 28, 1980. One of her companions, Stephen Epperly, who taught at Radford University, convinced her to go with him to a cabin at Claytor Lake. When questioned by police, Epperly said he and Hall had gone to the cabin and she called her sister and stated she would be home in the morning. Hall's sister stated the call came between 1:00 and 1:30 a.m. and Hall sounded nervous. According to Epperly, he went swimming but Hall did not. Afterwards they left the cabin and Hall dropped him off in Radford, and he went to bed. Hall has never been heard from again.

    When police examined the cabin, they discovered that someone had tried to clean up, but bloodstains in Hall's type were apparent in several places, both outside and inside. A striped towel, a blue towel, a quilt, a bath mat and some cleaning supplies were missing. Epperly could provide no explanation. Hall's sister's brown Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which Hall had been driving that night, was found abandoned at the Pulaski County end of the railroad trestle over the New River. The driver's seat was pushed all the way back; Hall was so short that she had to drive with the seat pushed all the way forward. There were Type O bloodstains inside the trunk and hairs consistent with Hall's. A photo of the car is posted below this case summary.

    A bloodstained blue towel was found nearby; it was identified as Epperly's and contained fibers consistent with those from the carpet at the Claytor Lake cabin. One of Hall's shoes was found at the opposite end of the railroad trestle. Two weeks later, searchers found the second missing towel and the clothing Hall had been wearing the night of her disappearance. Her clothes had been tied up in a bundle and were bloodstained, although not ripped or town. The clothing items had head hairs similar to Hall's and pubic hairs similar to Epperly's, as well as carpet fibers. The other items missing from the house were never recovered.

    Epperly was charged with Hall's murder later in 1980. Although the murder weapon was never found, investigators theorized he stabbed or beat Hall to death after she refused his sexual advances. Epperly did not present any witnesses at trial. Though he maintained his innocence in her case, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He is still incarcerated.

    Hall's remains have never been found, but foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved. Her case was the first murder conviction without a body in Virginia history.

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    Above: The car Hall had been driving

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Radford Police Department
    540-731-3626

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Malefactor's Register
    WDBJ 7
    The Roanoke Times
    The Washington Post
    Murderpedia
    The Southwest Times

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 2, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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