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The strange disappearance of South Dakota man nicknamed 'Beaner' remains unsolved.
Sharon Hensley was last seen in the early 1970s with Felix Vail, who is now serving a life sentence for the murder of his first wife.
Officials called it "the most baffling and mysterious fire cases" in the state's history. Who or what was responsible?
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A Minn. man found dead on walking path told family he was a 'goner' after being identified as a confidential informant. Yet despite the suspicious death, police closed his case, labeled it a suicide.

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Joseph Zak disappeared from his group home in Brookston, Minnesota, on Dec. 7, 2015. Investigators feel that a cellphone ping may have misled the investigation from searching the grounds near where he went missing until it was too late. His case, which remains unsolved, has had no developments since spring 2016.
Eighteen miles northwest of Bemidji, in the backwoods of Buzzle Township, is Pinewood — once an operative logging camp filled with lumberjacks and early settlers. Throughout its history, this once lively community has become a place of unsolved mysteries, two bank robberies, a bizarre train derailment and multiple wildfires.
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'Clinker' found on the engine block of Michele 'Shelly' Julson's abandoned car in 1994 may be linked to an early sighting in rural Burleigh County, North Dakota, the Dakota Spotlight true crime podcast reports.
Two juveniles were charged with arson related to the fire, which caused $75 million in damage, or $232 million in 2022 dollars. However, charges were later dropped. Why?
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Days before an 'Unsolved Mysteries' episode aired on the disappearance of Joshua Guimond, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office released 28 images discovered on his computer.
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In the new and perhaps final episode of Season 7 of the Dakota Spotlight investigative podcast, founder and host James Wolner looks into Schaffer, his long career at the Bismarck Police Department and how his paths crossed with Shelly Julson's before she disappeared in 1994.

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Author and archivist Jeffrey Sauve has delved into the curious and difficult case that stumped Duluth detectives for years.
The 1971 missing persons case involving two Vermillion teens bewildered South Dakota investigators for decades.
When 51-year-old Australian schoolteacher Marion Barter disappeared while taking a sabbatical to travel the world local authorities dismissed the family's concerns. 25 years later, the dogged efforts of The Lady Vanishes podcast are uncovering a disturbing story.

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