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Larry Phebus
Homicide
McKenzie County, ND

On March 27, 1963, the body of Larry Phebus, age 14, was found two and one-half miles south of Alexander, North Dakota.  Phebus disappeared and was presumed to have been murdered on or about October 20, 1962. Autopsy results indicated that Phebus died as a result of asphyxiation.

Anyone with information regarding the death of Larry Phebus is asked to contact the McKenzie County Sheriff's Department at 701-444-3654, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

Donna Michalenko
Missing Person
McLean County, ND

On December 27, 1968, 38 year old Donna Michalenko of rural McLean County was reported missing by her daughter. She was last seen on November 7, 1968.

Anyone having information regarding the disappearance of Donna Michalenko is asked to call the McLean County Sheriffs Department at 701-462-8103 or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

Lora Jean Dugan
Homicide
Billings County, ND

On April 30, 1972, the body of 14 year old Lora Jean Dugan was found approximately three miles southwest of Medora, North Dakota, in a hilly and wooded area approximately one mile south of Interstate 94. Dugan was the victim of a homicide sometime between April 7 and April 21, 1972. Dugan died of strangulation.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide Lora Dugan is requested to call the Billings County Sheriff's Department at 701-623-4323, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

Daniel Erick Johnson
Homicide
Renville County, ND

On June 27, 1974, the body of Daniel Erick Johnson was discovered approximately 7 miles north of the Minot Air Force Base and approximately 300 feet east of Highway 83 near the north entrance to Glenburn. Johnson had been shot three times.

Anyone with information regarding the death of Daniel Johnson is requested to contact the Renville County Sheriff's Department at 701-756-6386, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

William Wolf, Jr.
Homicide
Cass County, ND
Clay County, MN

On August 20, 1978, the body of William Wolf Jr. was discovered in the Red River approximately three miles north of Kragnes, Minnesota. Wolf's body had been cut in half and placed in garbage bags. Wolf had been reported missing during the week of August 13, 1978.

Anyone with information regarding the death of William Wolf Jr. is asked to contact the Fargo Police Department at 701-235-4493, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

Barbara Louise Cotton
Missing Person
Williams County, ND

During the evening of April 11, 1981, 15 year old Barbara Louise Cotton disappeared in Williston, North Dakota.

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Barbara Cotton is asked to contact the Williston Police Department at 701-577-1212, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

Clifton Wendell Marsh
Homicide
Ramsey County, ND

On October 1, 1981, the body of 69 year old Clifton Wendell Marsh was discovered in a rest area located along Highway 2 approximately 7 miles east of Devils Lake, North Dakota. The investigation disclosed that Marsh had been shot. Marsh left his home in Hope, Michigan, on September 29, 1981 on his way to British Columbia, Canada, for a fishing trip.

Anyone with information regarding the death of Clifton Marsh is asked to contact the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department at 701-662-0708, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

Joseph Anderson
Homicide
Jamestown
Stutsman County, ND

On September 16, 1991, the decomposing body of Joseph Anderson was found in the trunk of his 1979 Buick Riviera which was parked on the north side of the Gladstone Inn in Jamestown, North Dakota. Anderson's body was clad only in a pair of white Jockey underwear and was covered with a green sheet.

Anyone with information regarding the death of Joseph Anderson is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department at 701-252-2414, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

Kristin Joy Diede
Missing Person
Logan County, ND

On August 26, 1993, 30 year old Kristin Joy Diede was reported missing. Diede was in the company of her boyfriend, 32 year old, Robert Michael Anderson. Diede and Anderson had taken Diede's two children to visit relatives in Wishek, North Dakota. Diede and Anderson were last seen on August 15, 1993, in Wishek. On August 20, 1993, a Dodge van being driven by Diede and Anderson was found abandoned in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It is believed Diede and Anderson were homicide victims.

Anyone having information regarding the disappearance of Kristin Diede or Robert Anderson is asked to contact the Logan County Sheriff's Department at 701-754-2495, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

Robert Michael Anderson
Missing Person
Logan County, ND

On August 26, 1993, 32 year old Robert Michael Anderson was reported missing. Anderson was in the company of his 30 year old girlfriend, Kristin Joy Diede. Anderson and Diede had taken Diede's two children to visit relatives in Wishek, North Dakota. Anderson and Diede were last seen on August 15, 1993, in Wishek. On August 20, 1993, a Dodge van being driven by Anderson and Diede was found abandoned in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It is believed Anderson and Diede were homicide victims.

Anyone having information regarding the disappearance of Robert Anderson or Kristin Diede is asked to contact the Logan County Sheriff's Department at 701-754-2495, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

Ronald S. Johnson
Homicide
Rolette County, ND

On November 6, 1994, the body of Ronald S. Johnson was found frozen in a water-filled ditch approximately five miles northwest of Dunseith, North Dakota. Autopsy results indicated that Johnson had possibly died as a result of hypothermia, however, information was received that Johnson had been assaulted before being placed in the water-filled ditch.

Anyone having information regarding the death of Ronald S. Johnson is asked to contact the Rolette County Sheriff's Department at 701-477-5623, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

Michelle M. Julson
Missing Person
Burleigh County, ND

Shortly after noon on August 2, 1994, Michelle M. Julson dropped her son off at the grandfather's in Bismarck while she went to pick up her check and run a few errands. Michelle never returned or picked up her check.  She was last seen at We Fest in MN on 8-5-94 by a friend.  Michelle was reportedly in the company of a man named Tom who drove a black Chevrolet 4X4. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michelle Julson should call the Bismarck Police at (701) 223-1212, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

Talmadge Patton
Missing Person
McKenzie County, ND

75 year old Talmadge Patton was last seen on August 15, 1995, in Alexander, North Dakota. Patton had planned to travel to Georgia. However, his packed suitcase and a map depicting the travel route he planned to take were found inside his home along with other personal items and medication. Patton's vehicle, a brown 1/2 ton 2-wheel drive Dodge pickup with a white topper, North Dakota license 8755A, was also missing. 

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Talmadge Patton is asked to contact the McKenzie County Sheriff's Department at 701-444-3654, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.

Sandra M. Jacobson
Missing Person
Burleigh County, ND

On November 16, 1996 at approximately 8:00 pm, Sandra M. Jacobson and her five year old son John H. Jacobson left a relative's home in Bismarck to get gas for her vehicle. They were never seen again. The next day Sandra's 1990 gray Honda Civic was located at Centennial Beach in Bismarck. 

Anyone with information regarding Sandra Jacobson or her son John should call the Bismarck Police at (701) 223-1212, or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-472-2185 or 701-328-5500.     

Anita M. Knutson
Homicide
Ward County, ND

On June 4th of 2007, the body of 18 year old Anita Mae Knutson was found in her apartment in the 2400 block of 4th Street NW in Minot, North Dakota. Anita had been killed while lying in her bed; she died as a result of knife wounds to her upper body. Unknown suspect(s) appeared to have entered the apartment through a ground floor window and exited by the same route. The murder weapon was found at the scene. Anyone having any information about person(s) responsible for this act are asked to contact the Minot Police Department at (701)852-0111 or the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (1-800-472-2121).