Barbara Louise Cotton

Suspicious CircumstancesCold Case
Barbara Louise Cotton
Barbara Louise Cotton
Barbara Louise Cotton
Barbara Louise Cotton

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Barbara Louise Cotton

Missing from
Williston, North Dakota - United States of America
Case Entered
  February 03, 2022
   Cold Case
Current Classification
  Suspicious Circumstances
Source of Record
  Local Law Enforcement
Last Updated
Verification Status

Physical Description

Age When Reported Missing
Age As of Today
Hair Color
Eye Color
  5ft 2in
  Last Seen Wearing
Light tan summer jacket
"Wrangler”  brand blue jeans
blue pullover blouse
rust-colored suede loafers
  Distinct Features
Walked with a slight limp or "sway" 
Metal fillings in several molars
  Medical Alert
Mild/moderate scoliosis.
Pronounced "S" curvature of the spine that resulted in a slight limp when she walked.

Details of Disappearance

Barbara Louise Cotton was last seen by family or friends on April 11, 1981.

Allegedly, she was  last seen by her "boyfriend".  

They parted ways and he watched her walk into Recreation Park on her way home.  

There is also the possibility that Barb attended a party later that evening.

She has never been seen or heard from again.

She left behind her paycheck from work, all of the money in her savings account and all of her personal belongings.

Within 3 months of Barb's disappearance, 2 of the 3 persons of interest (1 of them being Barb's "boyfriend") committed suicide while in jail for crimes that were not directly related to Barb and do not appear to be related to one another.

The 3rd person of interest is a family member that is now deceased but still on law enforcement's list.

Who to contact!
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Barbara Louise Cotton, you are encouraged to contact the Williston Police Department (ND) at 701-577-1212, ask for Detective Dery. Be sure to have the case number NDM10088 available as you will need it.

Additional Case Numbers


FBI CARD Team Details

CARD Team Activated

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