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Forum staff reports, Published April 23 2012

Public's help sought in search for remains of murdered NDSU researcher

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. – With the trial of Daniel Wacht, the man accused of killing North Dakota State University research Kurt Johnson, in its fifth day, the Griggs and Crow Wing sheriffs are again asking for the public’s help in searching for Johnson’s remains.

Only Johnson's head has been found.

Griggs County Sheriff Bob Hook in a news release issued Monday asked the public to keep their eyes open for any black or dark metallic gray plastic trash bags that may be lying about, or partially covered with snow, along roadways around Cooperstown, and in the area of interest between Cooperstown and Crosby, Minn.

Investigators have determined that Wacht was likely in the Crosby area on Jan. 4, and believe he may have disposed of Johnson’s remains en route to, or upon arrival in the Crosby area, the release said.

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said in a separate release that his office has been searching the Crosby, Ironton, Cuyuna and Tromald areas.

Hook and Dahl ask that anyone with information contact the Griggs County Sheriff’s Office at (701) 797-2202, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office at (218) 829-4749, or their local law enforcement agency.