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ND BARBARA COTTON: Missing from Williston, ND - 11 April 1981 - Age 15

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by Akoya, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Cotton was last seen leaving a local restaurant and walking down Main Street in Williston, North Dakota on the evening of April 11, 1981. Barbara's case was treated as a runaway situation for the first few days then changed to a missing person report. Barbara's family does not believe she would run away. She had no personal belongings with her. She left behind her clothing, glasses, money from savings, last paycheck and her carton of cigarettes. Extensive searches for Barbara have yielded no results or evidence about her whereabouts.


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  2. Akoya

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    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/2921/25/

    NamUs MP # 2921
    Barbara Cotton
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    Williams County, North Dakota
    15 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 2921

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Barbara
    Middle name Louise
    Last name Cotton
    Nickname/Alias
    NCMEC number 796102
    Date last seen April 11, 1981 00:00
    Date entered 10/12/2009
    Age last seen 15 to 15 years old
    Age now Unknown DOB
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 62.0
    Weight (pounds) 100.0

    Circumstances
    City Williston
    State North Dakota
    Zip code
    County Williams
    Circumstances
    Barbara was last seen leaving a local restaurant. She did not take any belongings with her at the time of her disappearance.

    Physical
    Hair color Brown
    Head hair

    Left eye color Brown
    Right eye color Brown
    Eye description
    Barbara's eyes are hazel-brown in color.

    Deformities
    Barbara's left ear is noticeably lower than her right ear.
    Scars and marks
    Barbara has a mole on the right side of her chest.

    Clothing and accessories are unknown

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Detective
    First name David
    Last name Peterson
    Phone 701-577-1212
    Website
    Case number NDM10088
    Date reported April 11, 1981
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Williston Police Department
    Address 1 233 East Broadway, Suite 201
    Address 2
    City Williston
    State North Dakota
    Zip code 58801
     
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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Barbara's photo is shown age-progressed to 47 years on 8/30/2013.
     
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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1dfnd.html

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 1DFND

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    Left: Cotton in 1981; Right: Age-progressed by NCMEC to age 42

    Barbara Louise Cotton
    Missing Since April 11, 1981 from Williston, Williams County, North Dakota
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics
      • Date Of Birth: November 10, 1965
      • Age at Time of Disappearance: 15 years old
      • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'2" (157 cm); 100 lbs (45 kg)
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; hazel-brown eyes. Curvature of spine which may cause a slight limp when she walks; left ear is noticeably lower than right ear.
      • Marks, Scars: Pierced ears. A dark brown mole on upper right side of her chest. Mole on right side of neck.
      • Clothing: Jeans, blouse and loafers.
      • Dentals: Available. She has excellent teeth.
      • DNA: Mitochondrial DNA entered into CODIS
      • Other: X-ray showing scoliosis available.
    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Cotton was last seen leaving a local restaurant and walking down Main Street in Williston, North Dakota on the evening of April 11, 1981. Barbara's case was treated as a runaway situation for the first few days then changed to a missing person report. Barbara's family does not believe she would run away. She had no personal belongings with her. She left behind her clothing, glasses, money from savings, last paycheck and her carton of cigarettes. Extensive searches for Barbara have yielded no results or evidence about her whereabouts.

    Investigators
    If you have any information on Cotton's disappearance, please contact:
    Williston Police Department
    Lieutenant Mark Hanson
    Missing Persons Unit
    701-577-1212
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    North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation
    1-800-472-2185
    701-328-5500

    All information may be submitted anonymously.

    Agency Case Number: 08202215

    NCMEC #: NCMC796102

    NCIC Number:
    M-069910154
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:

    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Newslibrary
    CA DOJ
    ND Attorney General
     
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  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://attorneygeneral.nd.gov/public-safety/cold-cases

    he North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation works with law enforcement agencies across the state on unsolved missing person and homicide cases. These cases are referred to the Cold Case unit by the law enforcement agency.

    • These cold cases are active investigations, and therefore we are not able to release records or provide additional information.
    If you have information about a listed cold case, please contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 701-328-5500 or the local law enforcement agency at the number listed.


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

    • Contact the Williston Police Department at 701-577-1212.
     
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  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.willistonherald.com/news/still-missing/article_5c497c76-101c-5087-930e-5897f0c77d03.html

    Still missing
    After 30 years, mystery still surrounds the disappearance of Williston girl
    • By Lynne Napton
      Williston Herald
    • Apr 1, 2011
    This month marks the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Williston's Barbara Cotton. Cotton, 15 years old at the time of her disappearance on April 11, 1981, was last seen leaving a local restaurant in the evening, on her way home.

    Cotton is described as a white female with brown hair and hazel-brown eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she was 5 feet and 2 inches tall and weighed 100 pounds. Identifying characteristics are that her left ear is lower than her right ear and she has a dark brown mole on the upper right side of her chest. She would now be 45 years old.

    Police first believed her to be a runaway, but when it was discovered that she took no belongings with her, a missing person's case was filed.

    Cotton’s sister, Kathy Nulph, who was 13 at the time at Cotton's disappearance, said she's still working closely with the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Williston Police Detective Mark Hanson.

    "We're still with Missing Persons and Exploited Children and I keep in touch with detective Mark Hanson, who's been doing a really good job. Last year, I met with him and he has binders of information," Nulph said.

    Sandy Evanson, then 17 years old, was a childhood friend of Cotton and remembers the night she went missing. Evanson thought that there was no way Cotton had run away, since she left her money, cigarettes and clothing at home.

    Evanson recalled that Cotton's mother called late that night wondering if Evanson had heard from Cotton. Her mother told Evanson that after having dinner with Cotton and her boyfriend, the mother left. Her boyfriend had offered to walk Cotton home, but she declined and walked home alone.

    Her boyfriend saw her walk from the Plainsman building to Reclamation Park where she had five blocks left to her home. Her path home that night would have led her on Main Street up Fifth Street and Sixth Avenue West.

    The next day, Cotton's sister Kathy and brother Kent walked the path Cotton would have taken home, looking for clues and asking residents who lived on those streets if they had heard or seen anything.

    No arrests were made in the case.

    "Barb Cotton was my best friend along with her younger sister Kathy and older brother Kent. We did everything together from the time we grew up 'til the beginning of high school," Evanson said. "She was a very beautiful, sweet girl - shy to those she didn't know, but fun and full of laughter with those she did! I couldn't have asked to grow up with a better person."

    Those with information are urged to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or the Williston Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 701-577-1212.
     
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  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://oag.ca.gov/missing/person/barbara-louise-cotton

    MISSING PERSON
    Barbara Louise Cotton


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    MISSING SINCE:
    04/11/1981
    SEX:
    Female
    DOB:
    11/10/1966
    RACE:
    White
    HEIGHT:
    5' 0"
    EYES:
    Brown
    WEIGHT:
    100 lbs.
    HAIR:
    Brown
    CLOTHING:
    Jeans, blouse and loafers.
    SCARS/MARKS/TATTOO:
    Pierced ears, curvature of the spine causing a slight limp when she walks, left ear lower than right ear.
    DENTAL X-RAYS AVAILABLE:
    Yes
    Barbara was last seen on April 11, 1981, in Williston, North Dakota. Photo on the left is age-progressed to 37 years of age. Age progression is provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
    Contact
    AGENCY:
    Williston (ND) Police Department
    PHONE NUMBER:
    (701) 577-1212
    CASE NUMBER:
    08202215
     
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  10. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://missuid.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/barbara-louise-cotton/

    December 11, 2015
    Barbara Louise Cotton
    Doe Network ID: 1DFND

    Name: Barbara Louise Cotton

    Missing since: April 11, 1981

    Disappeared in: Williston, North Dakota[​IMG]

    Date of birth: November 10, 1965

    Age: 15

    Age now: 50

    Height and Weight at time of disappearance: 5ft 2, 100lbs/45kg

    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female, brown hair, brown/hazel eyes, curvature of spine that causes a slight limp, left ear is noticeably lower than right ear, pierced ears, dark brown mole on upper right side of chest, mole on right side of neck

    Clothing: Jeans, blouse, loafers

    Dentals: Available, excellent teeth

    DNA: Mitochondrial DNA available in CODIS

    X-Ray of scoliosis available

    Cotton does not have a NAMUS profile

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Last seen leaving a local restaurant and walking down Main Street in Williston on the evening of April 11, 1981. She had dinner there with a friend and her boyfriend, the latter offered to accompany her home afterwards but Cotton declined. Her boyfriend watched her walk to Reclamation Park which was five blocks from her home. She never arrived home. Originally treated as a runaway situation for the first few days then changed to a missing person report as family did not believe she would run away. Her younger brother stated that he was very close to her and she never t old him of any plans to leave home. No personal belongings with her. Left behind clothing, glasses, money from savings, last pay check, carton of cigarettes.

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    Area assumed where Cotton was last seen
    Extensive searches for Barbara have yielded no results or evidence as to her whereabouts. Authorities now believe that Cotton may have been abducted. The prime suspect in her disappearance, a former boyfriend, is now deceased.

    Analysis
    Cotton’s case is the first featured case in the first index of the Doe Network yet there is not much information about her. In 1995, Cotton’s mother was quoted to have said that they still hold out hope, “I want to try and find her one more time”.

    Sandy Evanson, a childhood friend of Cotton who was 17 when her friend disappeared said to the Williston Herald some thirty years later, “Barb Cotton was my best friend along with her younger sister Kathy and older brother Kent. We did everything together from the time we grew up ’til the beginning of high school. She was a very beautiful, sweet girl – shy to those she didn’t know, but fun and full of laughter with those she did! I couldn’t have asked to grow up with a better person.”

    Her boyfriend at the time stated that he saw her walk from the Plainsman building to Reclamation Park (now Recreation Park) where she had five blocks left to her home. Her path home would have led her on Main Street, up Fifth Street and Sixth Avenue West.

    Possible UIDs are few and far between. The closest one so far is a female doe aged between 19-20 found in 1984 in Matanuska Susitna County, Alaska. (https://identifyus.org/en/cases/12846). Remains found are believed to be victim of serial killer Robert Hansen. There is not much known about this doe other than she had brown hair. DNA is available. Is it possible perhaps that Cotton ended up one way or another in Alaska?
     
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  11. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://charleyproject.org/case/barbara-louise-cotton

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    • Missing Since04/11/1981
    • Missing FromWilliston, North Dakota
    • ClassificationEndangered Missing
    • Date of Birth11/10/1965 (52)
    • Age15 years old
    • Height and Weight5'2, 100 pounds
    • Clothing/Jewelry DescriptionA blouse, jeans and loafers.
    • Distinguishing CharacteristicsCaucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Barbara's ears are pierced, and her left ear is slightly lower than her right ear. She has a dark brown mole on the upper right side of her chest. Barbara has a pronounced "S" curve in her spine, which causes her to walk with a slight limp. She smoked cigarettes in 1981. Barbara wears eyeglasses, but left hers behind she disappeared. Her teeth were in excellent condition at the time of her disappearance.
    Details of Disappearance
    Barbara was last seen leaving a restaurant on Main Street in her hometown of Williston, North Dakota during the evening hours of April 11, 1981.

    She had dinner there with a friend and her boyfriend and her boyfriend offered to accompany her home afterwards, but she declined and left the restaurant alone. Her boyfriend watched her walk to Reclamation Park, which is five blocks from home.

    Barbara never arrived at her destination and has never been heard from again. She did not take her clothes, eyeglasses, cigarettes, money, or any other personal belongings with her when she disappeared. She also left behind a paycheck from work. Her younger brother stated he was very close to Barbara and she never told him of any plans to leave home.

    Barbara's case was originally investigated as a runaway case and a missing persons report was not filed for several days as a result.

    Authorities now believe that she may have been abducted, but the prime suspect in her disappearance, a former boyfriend of Barbara's, is now deceased. Her case is considered open and unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    • Williston Police Department 701-572-2197
    Source Information
     
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  12. Akoya

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    Her boyfriend at the time stated that he saw her walk from the Plainsman building to Reclamation Park (now Recreation Park) where she had five blocks left to her home. Her path home would have led her on Main Street, up Fifth Street and Sixth Avenue West.

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    In the last couple of days , I happened across info about an SK who said he had killed in Wyoming, the Dakotas , and a couple of other states in that vicinity. Investigators were stunned-they had never considered him as the perp and did not know he been in those states.I'm trying to remember the SK name and where I saw the info. Not Bundy.

    One of my friends grew up in Williston in the late 1960s and the 1970s. She said it was a very small town, the type of town where everyone knew everyone else. There were/are lots of farms around the town. She lives elsewhere now, but she always jokes that she is a "small-town girl at heart".
     
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