Search continues for missing woman

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, PRESIDIO – A search continues for a missing woman last seen in Presidio and Big Bend National Park.

Margaret Aislinn Channon arrived in Big Bend National Park on February 11 and was reportedly last seen in Presidio on February 19. Her friends report that she intended to visit South by Southwest Festival in Austin and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The 24-year-old departed on January 8 from Seattle, Washington to head to Reno, Nevada. She doesn’t have a phone or an ID. She’s also known to hitchhike. Channon called her mom from a Midland phone number on February 11 when she arrived at Big Bend National Park. However, the call dropped and the attempts to call back were met with fax noises. A park ranger confirmed that Channon left the park on the way to Austin. She has not been heard from since she was last reportedly seen in Presidio on February


Her family was not able to locate her at the University Medical Center, Tulane Medical Center or Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. As of March 12, she was not in New Orleans Central Lockup.

Channon is 5’5” and weighs 135 pounds. She has blue eyes, dark brown hair, and goes by the name “Marge.” It’s not certain what she was last wearing, but she’s known for almost exclusively wearing black and red. She has many tattoos, including WAIF on her fingers, answer phone on her right wrist and a pie slice on her left thigh. She also has scars on her arms.

A missing person’s report was open with the Montgomery County Police Bethesda District in Maryland with the help of Officer Hance. The report number is 190011464.

Presidio County Deputy Sheriff Joel Nuñez told the Big Bend Sentinel that he recently talked to Channon’s uncle Thomas MacGahan and will be searching and seeking information in Presidio and Ojinaga.

For any information regarding Channon, please contact Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500, Channon’s mother Elizabeth MacGahan at (206) 422-9560, Channon’s uncle Thomas at (757) 232-5783, Austin detectives at (512) 974-5250, or the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office at (432) 729-4848.