The Trail Went Cold – Episode 277 – Wil Hendrick


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January 10, 1999. Moscow, Idaho. While attending a party at an apartment complex, 25-year old University of Idaho theatre student Wil Hendrick vanishes without explanation and his abandoned car is soon discovered downtown. Three-and-a-half years later, Wil’s skull and jawbone are found in a rural wooded area and even though his exact cause of death cannot be determined, he is ruled to be the victim of a homicide. Since Wil was gay, it is speculated that his murder might have been a hate crime. While investigators explore a number of different angles, including the involvement of a truck driver who had once worked for Wil’s partner, no conclusive answers are ever found. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore the perplexing unsolved death of a beloved stage actor.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

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