Murder suspect found, Belfield group promotes domestic violence awarenessDirk Huber, who was charged Wednesday with murdering the 39-year-old mother of his child in Belfield, was taken into custody at 4:35 p.m. on Friday, law enforcement said.
By: Klark Byrd, The Dickinson Press
Dirk Huber, who was charged Wednesday with murdering the 39-year-old mother of his child in Belfield, was taken into custody at 4:35 p.m. on Friday, law enforcement said.
Huber was apprehended on foot 20 miles north of Medora and west of the Little Missouri River. He was transported to the Southwest
Multi-County Correction Center in Dickinson.
There were 18 agencies involved with the search.
“It was really a collaborative effort,” Billings County Sheriff Dave Jurgens said. “I was pleased with how it was conducted. For that many agencies to work together is quite special.”
The search went on for about 32 hours from the time of the first tip until Huber was apprehended, Belfield Police Chief Joe Schmidt said. He added that there were no injuries to officers or Huber.
“It was the best case scenario for the end of the search, with no one getting hurt, but it is still a tragic event,” he said.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation will continue looking into the case and it will be prosecuted by the Stark County State’s Attorney, Schmidt said.
Forty-one-year-old Huber was charged Wednesday of murdering Nicole Radebaugh on Tuesday evening, according to his criminal complaint.
Huber and Radebaugh dated in the past. Their daughter’s name is Logan Huber.
A group of volunteers in Belfield have vowed to “paint the town purple” with remembrance ribbons in honor of Nicole Radebaugh and raise awareness of domestic violence.
“It is an issue whether it is a big city or a small town,” event coordinator Kodi Koenig said. “The group that is doing this is trying to say ‘we aren’t going to stand for it anymore!’”
About 75 different volunteers have helped hang over 600 yards of ribbon since the event began Wednesday night, Koenig said. She added that this is an ongoing event and anyone is welcome to participate.
Belfield resident Rachael Wetzel said death has been difficult for the town as a whole. She has been helping hang ribbon along with her daughter and said she hopes the event will reverse the small-town way of thinking to “mind your own business.”
Wetzel said she attended the viewing of Radebaugh and it was very difficult, but inspiring.
“It just made me more determined to make sure that next time there is going to be someone there to stop it,” she said.