The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 9 – Russell Evans

June 4, 1989. Spokane, Washington. 13-year old Russell Evans heads home after spending the evening with friends, but is soon found seriously injured in the middle of the road. Russell eventually succumbs to his injuries and the official ruling by police is that he was the victim of a random hit-and-run accident. However, the nature of Russell’s injuries and evidence from the scene do not support a hit-and-run scenario. Russell’s parents come to believe he was attacked and murdered by multiple individuals and that one of his friends is withholding the truth about what happened. “The Trail Went Cold” concludes 2016 with a very important minisode which was personally requested by one of the victim’s relatives.

Additional Reading:

The Idaho Spokesman-Review (April 20, 1990)

The Idaho Spokesman-Review (Feb. 27, 1996)

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

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3 thoughts on “The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 9 – Russell Evans

  • Lots of little things from the linked articles here make it look like it was a gang beating that probably involved running him over. The Craigslist post doesn’t make much sense, because the park and Russel’s friends house and where Russel was found weren’t terribly far apart it seems. There’s no evidence he was dragged by the car, so that poster on Craigslist was probably just repeating a story they heard as the above poster suggests. There’s a line in the 1996 article that mentions the gang teens were apprehended at one point, but may have turned into informants for gang activity in the area and so then could possibly have been protected by the police after that. Plus Russel’s laces and socks being missing speaks more to a gang beating being involved than just a simple hit and run.

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