In January 1980 a respected researcher from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, having traveled to Nantucket Island to celebrate a breakthrough that she was convinced would garner her a Nobel Prize, left her home in the middle of the night and was never seen again. The island was frozen-in, no planes left that night, and no body was ever found. This was a major story for several months while I was working at the local newspaper and I eventually wrote a long piece for Boston Magazine.
A Nantucket reporter recently called me to say he’s working on an update to this mystery. No one still has any idea what happened to her, but it did cause me to pull out the piece and read it again. It’s still perplexing.
You can read the story here: Kilcoyne Story