NBC TV’s “Dateline” looks at the mysterious 1999 death of a woman along the Big Horn River and her family’s quest to bring her killer to justice.
Kathryn Laird and her husband moved to the area because they thought it would be a wonderful place to live, “Dateline” journalist Keith Morrison told the Tribune.
Laird died and there was always a lot of suspicion as to who did it, but not a lot of proof, Morrison said.
But her family did not give up.
“They went after it like a dog with a bone,” Morrison said, adding it would never have progressed except for FBI agent John Teeling. “He went about sorting out the mystery to produce a solution.”
“Teeling was able to solve the mystery with very old-fashioned police work,” he said.
Family members speak out about the case for the first time. Morrison will also speak to Teeling and prosecutors Ole Olson, Chad Parker and Brant Light with the attorney general’s office.
“I love doing the Montana stories, for one thing I love going to Montana, it’s such a gorgeous state,” Morrison said. “Montana is full of good stories.”
He said Laird disappeared in 1999 and Teeling picked up the case in 2012 and was able to piece it together through “good old-fashioned police work.”
Her husband, Brian David Laird, 46, was found guilty of murdering his wife in March by a Big Horn County jury.