The Trail Went Cold – Episode 117 – Ricky Hochstetler

January 10, 1999. Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. While walking home from a friend’s house during the early morning hours, 17-year old Ricky Hochstetler is fatally struck by a vehicle on the shoulder of a county highway in a hit-and-run. The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department soon announce that parts from a Chevrolet truck or van were found at the scene, but an extensive investigation fails to turn up the vehicle which hit Ricky. As the years go on, the sheriff’s department start facing allegations that they mishandled crucial evidence and orchestrated a cover-up, and rumours spread that an off-duty police officer may have been responsible for Ricky’s death. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore another controversial case which took place in Manitowoc County six years before Steven Avery was arrested for the murder of Teresa Halbach and involves many of the same law enforcement figures featured in “Making a Murderer”. Special thanks to listener Stephanie Rouleau for providing the opening narration on today’s episode.

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

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One thought on “The Trail Went Cold – Episode 117 – Ricky Hochstetler

  • I’ve been working at home for a while lately and just finished listening to ALL of your episodes! This is definitely one of my favorite podcasts, with great storytelling and analysis. It’s just really well done and entertaining. You also choose some of the most genuinely mysterious and creepy cases. I find missing persons, unidentified decedents, bizarre deaths, and cases where people end up in places they shouldn’t have been, particularly fascinating. They’re often the most deeply eerie and mysterious cases, since there’s such a lack of basic information. Anyway, thanks for working hard to give us the gem that is The Trail Went Cold. 🙂 Ilse

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