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Love doesn't die: Listen to episode 12 of "A Better Search for Barbara Cotton"

Will we ever learn what happened to Barbara? A Better Search for Barbara is an investigative podcast series about one of North Dakota's longest running cold cases, the disappearance of 15-year-old Barbara Cotton of Williston, N.D.

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A painted rock in recreation park honors Barbara Cotton's memory. Barbara has been missing since 1981. April 11, 2021. James Wolner / Forum News Service
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Barbara Louise Cotton vanished from Williston, N.D. on April 11, 1981, never to be heard from again.

Her case is considered open and ongoing by both the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Williston Police Department . She is officially listed as a "missing person." North Dakota law enforcement remain consistently tight-lipped about cold cases in the state. The North Dakota Attorney General's cold case page states the following: "These cold cases are active investigations, and therefore we are not able to release records or provide additional information."

On April 11, 2021 Dakota Spotlight Podcast joined friends and family of Barbara Cotton in a celebration of her life at Recreation park in Williston. Members of the community joined representatives of the Williston police department to offer their support to the Cotton family.

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Friends and family gather at Recreation Park, Williston, N.D. to celebrate the life of missing person Barbara Louise Cotton. April 11, 2021. James Wolner / Forum News Service, Katie Ryan-Anderson / Special to FCC

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"It's a special day," said Katie Ryan-Anderson who drove from Jamestown to attend the gathering. "It's a beautiful day, but a bittersweet day."

In episode 12 of Dakota Spotlight :

  • Sounds from the celebration of Barbara's life in Recreation Park on Sunday April, 11, 2021
  • 3 interviews with persons who believe they saw Barbara on the night they disappeared.
  • A frustrated former resident of Williston just wants to be heard by law enforcement.

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A collage of photos of Barbara Cotton and her family. April 11, 2021. James Wolner / Forum News Service

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A collage of photos of Barbara Cotton and her family. April 11, 2021. James Wolner / Forum News Service

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A collage of photos of Barbara Cotton and her family. April 11, 2021. James Wolner / Forum News Service

James Wolner is a Digital Content Producer at Forum Communications Company, Fargo North Dakota and the creator, producer and host of Dakota Spotlight, a true crime podcast. He has lived the Upper Midwest since 2013 and studied photojournalism at California State University at Fresno. He is fluent in English and Swedish.
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