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Podcast exploring unsolved killing of a Northwest Arkansas college student airs 1st episode

by Maggie McNeary | October 17, 2018 at 3:22 p.m.

A true-crime podcast centering on the 2004 disappearance and death of an Arkansas college student aired its first episode Wednesday.

Hell and Gone, which tells the story of 22-year-old Rebekah Gould’s unsolved killing, debuted its first episode, “14 Years Gone,” in which investigator and writer Catherine Townsend details the cold case. The show will release new episodes each Wednesday, eight in total.

Townsend is familiar with the area in which the documentary podcast is set; she grew up in Pine Bluff, and her sister attended school with Gould’s sister.

"From everything we've heard, [Rebekah] was just an amazing person," Townsend told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette earlier this year. "It's time to get this solved."

Gould was a student at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville when she disappeared in September 2004. She was found dead off Arkansas 9 a week later.

"All of our leads indicate that foul play is suspected," Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler told the Democrat-Gazette 14 years ago. "This was not just a case of Rebekah wandering off or getting into a friend's car and leaving."

The show is produced by School of Humans, iHeartMedia and HowStuffWorks.

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