Listen to the fifth episode of "Chasing Billy: interview with Dan Baumann, the cold case investigator who wants to find answers.

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So many years, so many questions.

The first question was probably, "Has anyone seen Billy?"

A few days after Billy Wolf disappeared, on a Sunday in August of 1978, a young man paddling his canoe in the Red River north of Fargo-Moorhead asked himself a different question: "What in the world is that?"

Perhaps the person (or persons) who killed 21-year-old Billy Wolf asked their own questions. "How did they find his body so quickly?" The killers had gone to the trouble of slashing Billy's throat, cutting his body in half and stuffing it into two plastic garbage bags. Then they tossed the bags into the Red River (or one of its tributaries). But the bags got caught up in tree branches and--much like the homicide investigation that would follow--never really got anywhere.

Since that day in 1978, the questions continue to pile up. "Who killed Billy?" "Why did they kill him?" "Will we ever solve this crime?"

The case file for Billy Wolf's murder has been growing since 1978.
The case file for Billy Wolf's murder has been growing since 1978.

In the fifth episode of "Dakota Spotlight: Chasing Billy," host James Wolner interviews Dan Baumann, the investigator assigned to the Billy Wolf cold case.

Baumann is a former agent for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and he is currently aiding the Clay County, Minnesota sheriff’s office on a part-time basis. Baumann has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience having worked both in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Dakota Spotlight podcast talks with Baumann about the Billy Wolf case and what it might take to finally get it solved.

Retired investigator Dan Baumann hopes to solve the William Wolf Jr. cold case.
Retired investigator Dan Baumann hopes to solve the William Wolf Jr. cold case.

Do you have information about Billy Wolf's murder? Contact:

Dan Baumann at Daniel.baumann@co.clay.mn.us or (218)979-3412

Dakota Spotlight SEASON 4 TIP LINE: (701) 451-5608 or jwolner@forumcomm.com.

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