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The Barbara Cotton disappearance, the real 'Red' Sullivan speaks out. Listen to episode 19

In this episode of Dakota Spotlight's season 5, A Better Search for Barbara Cotton, we hear from C.E. (Red) Sullivan, who was in the company of person of interest Stacey Demarr Werder.

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Stacey DeMarr Werder was reportedly one of the last persons to see Barbara Cotton alive. He hung himself in jail in Malta, Montana in July of 1981
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In April of 1981, 15-year-old Barbara Louise Cotton vanished from Williston, North Dakota, never to be seen or heard from again. One person of interest in Cotton's disappearance was 21-year-old Stacey Demarr Werder, reported to have been with Barbara on the night she vanished. Three months after Barbara Cotton disappeared, Werder took his own life in a Montana jail cell after being arrested for disorderly conduct.

Through public records, Dakota Spotlight recently learned that Stacey Werder was hanging out with C.E. Sullivan on the night he was arrested. C.E. Sullivan, also known as Red Sullivan, was not arrested with Werder.

In episode 19 of A Better Search for Barbara, Red Sullivan speaks with Dakota Spotlight and Lisa Jo Schiele of #findBarbCotton about his interactions with Werder. This is the first time Sullivan has spoken about Werder. He has not previously been questioned by law enforcement or media about his association to Werder and the Barbara Cotton case.

Listen to Episode 19

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Barbara Cotton never arrived at her home near the corner of 6th Avenue West and 5th Street West January 23, 2021. James Wolner / Forum News Service

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Barbara Cotton never arrived at her home near the corner of 6th Avenue West and 5th Street West January 23, 2021. James Wolner / Forum News Service

James Wolner is a Digital Content Producer at Forum Communications Company, Fargo North Dakota and the creator, producer and host of Dakota Spotlight, a true crime podcast. He has lived the Upper Midwest since 2013 and studied photojournalism at California State University at Fresno. He is fluent in English and Swedish.
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