Brian Guimond is among a league of parents and family members who have sat in the dark for decades, questioning whether there should be more transparency into missing persons and cold case investigations.
This is the fourth story in a series about the disappearance of Sandra and John Jacobson. This bonus story gives a glimpse into the lives of Sandra and John, through the eyes of their family, before they vanished in November 1996.
The police file in this case, recently obtained by Forum News Service, reveals an initial investigation that failed to obtain information that could have shed light on Sandra Jacobson's relationship -- and life in general -- in the days and weeks before she vanished from Bismarck, North Dakota, in 1996.
A Forum News Service exclusive, from the full police case file: A re-investigation by the Bismarck Police Department into the disappearance of a mother and son explored the possibility of foul play, tracked phone and insurance records, and led to increasingly pointed questions for a family member.
The police file from this case, recently obtained by Forum News Service, reveals what Bismarck Police Department found when it reinvestigated the case of Sandra and John Jacobson: an initial missing persons investigation that left key questions unanswered, vital evidence unaccounted for and potential suspects cut loose.
In the latest update from the Dakota Spotlight podcast's Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton, host James Wolner interviews a someone who may have seen the 15-year-old girl, gone missing from Williston, North Dakota, in 1981.
The Mathis case, the trial and the questions that remain to this day are the subject of a new book, "South Dakota's Mathis Murders: Horror in the Heartland" by long-time South Dakota journalist Noel Hamiel. The book is available to purchase on Monday.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Cass County Sheriff’s Office said the cigarettes and malt liquor made up the last transaction of the night on Feb. 27, 2001, at Ultimate Liquors on Barclay Avenue in Pine River, Minnesota.