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Crime Beat podcast: Shannon Madill’s last audition

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Calgary's Shannon Madill went missing in November 2014. For seven agonizing months, her family held out hope she'd return. Family handout

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells a story of an aspiring actress who mysteriously disappeared from Calgary in November 2014.

Shannon Madill had everything going for her. She had just landed an audition for a role in a television series and was looking forward to moving from Calgary to Edmonton.

That audition was recorded on video. Hours later, she vanished.

It was only when Madill missed a planned dinner with her older brother that her family realized she was missing and called the police. By then, she had already been gone for several days.

Her parents, siblings and husband stood side by side in front of the media at Calgary police headquarters to make a plea for help in finding her, and at one point, spoke directly to Madill.

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“If you see this, please, you’re not in trouble. We all love you and we miss you so much,” her older sister, Erin Madill, said. “We don’t need to know where you are, we just want to know that you’re safe.”

Erin Madill made a plea for the public’s help in finding her younger sister, Shannon, who went missing in November 2014.
Erin Madill made a plea for the public’s help in finding her younger sister, Shannon, who went missing in November 2014. Global News

Police said there was no indication of foul play but that it was out of character for Madill to not let family and friends know where she was.

Investigators looked into her cellphone, medical and banking records, but all leads came up empty.

The days turned into months.

READ MORE: Toronto and Vancouver police join search for missing Calgary woman

Police tried to prepare the Madill family for all possible outcomes.

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“When you look at statistics, when people go missing, they come back. That’s the most common outcome,” Erin said. “The second most likely is, unfortunately, suicide.”

Seven months later, the case took a shocking turn.

WATCH: A disturbing confession by a killer is being made public for the first time in the fourth episode of the Crime Beat podcast. A Calgary woman vanished in November 2014. Seven months later, shocking details about her killing were revealed to homicide detectives. Nancy Hixt reports.

Crime Beat podcast: Shannon Madill’s last audition
Crime Beat podcast: Shannon Madill’s last audition

The disturbing details are revealed in an interview with police.

This Crime Beat episode is the first time those recordings are being made public.

Find out what happened to Madill following her final audition in the fourth episode of Crime Beat.

Shannon Burgess
Calgary's Shannon Madill went missing in November 2014. For seven agonizing months, her family held out hope she'd return. Family handout
Erin Madill made a plea for the public's help in finding younger sister Shannon who's missing. in November 2014.
Erin Madill made a plea for the public's help in finding younger sister Shannon who's missing. in November 2014. Global News
Shannon Madill was last seen by family at her home in the 1900 block of Spiller Road S.E. around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 27th.
Shannon Madill was last seen by family at her home in the 1900 block of Spiller Road S.E. around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 27th. Calgary Police Service handout
Shannon Madilll and her husband Joshua Burgess.
Shannon Madilll and her husband Joshua Burgess. Global News

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Twitter: @nancyhixt

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Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

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