Law enforcement officials are mulling over the 2002 murder of Russell Turcotte, but there are no new leads, according to Ramsey County (N.D.) Sheriff Steve Nelson.
About a month ago, Nelson, Special Agent Craig Zachmeier, who is the Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent assigned to the case, another BCI agent and Ramsey County State's Attorney Lonnie Olson all sat down to rehash what's known about the case, and then tried to think of ways to find what's unknown.
Russell Turcotte was 19 when his mother, Linda Flynn-Hanson, last heard from him in July 2002. Turcotte was hitchhiking across North Dakota to Wolf Point, Mont., where his mother lived.
In Grand Forks, Turcotte called his mother, who told him she would wire him money. She did, but Turcotte never retrieved it. He was never seen alive again.
The teen's nude body was discovered four months later in a shelterbelt about 10 miles northwest of Devils Lake, less than a mile north of U.S. Highway 2. He was murdered. No one has been charged in relation to Turcotte's death. His clothing and the backpack he carried have never been found.
Although there are no updates to the case, it's getting a fresh look from law enforcement officers who were not part of the original investigation. That includes Nelson, who became sheriff in 2003.
"We wanted to just sit down and rehash everything, to see if there were any new leads, any different areas to pursue," Nelson said.
The group talked about the possibility of revisiting the scene, though Nelson said the possibility of DNA being out there after so many years is nil.
"Our ultimate goal is to solve the case," Nelson said.