Barbara Cotton did not come home. That's really about all we know for certain about the events of April 11, 1981, in Williston, N.D.
The 15-year-old girl just vanished. Most of the other details are fuzzy at best, even to this day.
On Sunday, April 11, 2021, family members will honor her life during an outdoor celebration at Williston's Recreation Park. Barbara Cotton vanished near there 40 years ago after having dinner with a friend.
The event will take place from 2- 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Masks will be available but are not required. Friends and members of the community are encouraged to join and help honor Barbara and her life.
- To get the full story on Barbara Cotton and this perplexing mystery start at the beginning by listening to episode one.
In episode 10 of Dakota Spotlight: While humans at NASA plan to fly a Helicopter on Mars and the community of Williston prepares to celebrate Barbara's life in Recreation Park on Sunday April, 11, 2021, podcast host James Wolner continues to ask questions and look for answers about Barbara's disappearance.
Listen to Episode 10
Listen to Previous Episodes:
- Episode 1: "Five Blocks from Home" explores the night Barbara went missing from the perspective of her childhood friend Sandee Evanson. Read more about this unsolved mystery and listen to Episode 1: Five blocks from home.
Episode 2: "Tributaries of the Truth" we attempt to untangle the confusion surrounding Barbara's last known whereabouts. We also look closer at the question: Could Barbara Cotton have simply run away? Listen to Episode 2: Tributaries of the Truth
Episode 3: We look closer look at the initial police investigation. We also ask the question: might Barbara's kindness and big heart have led to her demise? Listen to Episode 5: She was gentle and kind
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