She left for errands and bingo and never came back. Now Dakota Spotlight explores 1994 North Dakota cold case
On August 2, 1994, 26-year-old Michelle "Shelly" Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She was expected back in just hours but never heard from again.
Michelle "Shelly" Julson's disappearance and the mysteries surrounding it are at the center of the new season of Dakota Spotlight podcast.
Listen to Episode 1 — Fly On The Wall
The Shelly Julson case has been a mystery from the start.
On August 2, 1994, 26-year-old Michelle "Shelly" Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours. She never returned.
Now, her disappearance and the mysteries surrounding it are at the center of the seventh season of Dakota Spotlight, Forum Communications Co.’s premier investigative true-crime podcast.
In episode 1 of the new season, the podcast dives into the full Bismarck Police Department file on the Julson case, following investigators in the first few days of their work as they interview family, friends and associates to trace Julson's movements leading up to her disappearance. The episode reveals statements and interviews from police of witnesses, what investigators found in their searches and their request for an aerial search.
A first look at Julson's file raises some big questions:
- Who was harassing Shelly and vandalizing her car?
- Why are 104 pages of Shelly's police file missing?
- Who are the two mystery men Shelly met just days before she went missing.
- And the most important question of all: What happened to Shelly Julson?
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About Dakota Spotlight, Season Seven: 'Call Me Shelly — The Mysterious Disappearance of Michelle Julson'
In this season of Dakota Spotlight, creator, host and Regional Emmy Award-winner James Wolner looks into the cold case of 26-year-old Michelle "Shelly" Julson, who vanished from Bismarck, North Dakota on Aug. 2, 1994. Granted exclusive, unprecedented access by police to the cold-case file, Wolner presents a play-by-play review of the initial investigation and further examines the strange events surrounding Shelly's life and her disappearance.
With the aid of new interviews with Shelly’s friends, family and retired police investigators, Wolner dives into the shadows of Shelly’s world at the time — Bismarck’s bar and gambling scene — and tracks the movements of several persons of interest. All in an attempt to answer the biggest questions of the case: What happened to Shelly? Where is she now?
People in this episode
(In alphabetical order)
- Officer Robbie Carvell: Bismarck Police Department officer and patrolman, who responded to the Julson missing person report
- Tony Hulm: Shelly's latest on-again/off-again boyfriend, and a bartender at Burnt Creek Club
- Linda Julson: Shelly's mother
- Michelle "Shelly" Julson: a 26-year-old blackjack dealer and mother of 3-year-old Jaden, who went missing on Aug. 2, 1994
- Wes Julson: Shelly's father
- Julie Thompson: investigator with the Bismarck Police Department
- Dennis Walls: Bismarck Police Department sergeant who was the initial and main investigator on the Julson case
- Jaden Woodworth: Shelly's 3-year-old son
- Kevin Woodworth: Shelly's former boyfriend and Jaden's father
- Richard Woodworth: Jaden's paternal grandfather and the last person to acknowledge having seen her when she dropped Jaden at 104 American Ave.