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Friends and family start the #FindBarbCotton movement in quest for answers in 40-year-old unsolved case

Barbara Cotton has been missing since 1981. Forty years later, Forum Communication's podcast Dakota Spotlight told the gripping story to thousands of persons throughout the globe. Now, her friends and family have started the #FindBarbCotton movement, dedicated to finding answers.

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Friends and family of missing Barbara Louise Cotton recently raised funding to put up a billboard in Williston. Contributed / Lisa Jo Schiele
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"Time is running out"

Lisa Jo Schiele wants to find out what happened to the 15-year-old girl named Barbara Louise Cotton who vanished from Williston, N.D. in 1981. And, she wants to find out soon.

LISTEN to Episode 17 of A Better Search For Barbara Cotton.

Fueled partially by the fresh public interest cultivated by Dakota Spotlight's recent series A Better Search for Barbara Schiele and a cluster of Barbara's friends and family created the Find Barb Cotton movement. The movement -- located online by the hashtag #FindBarbCotton -- is a billboard , a website and more.

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"This case has never had as much attention as it does now. If something is going to happen we have to make it happen off of this."

Lisa Jo Schiele of the #findBarbCotton movement.


In episode 17 of A Better Search for Barbara, Dakota Spotlight host James Wolner spoke with Lisa Jo about the billboard , the website and some of the more peculiar aspects of the mystery.

Also in episode 17, new information about one of three persons of interest, Barbara's brother Frank Cotton.

Learn the Full Story - 40 years of nothing, few answers for family, friends of missing North Dakota teen Barbara Cotton

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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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