Shortly after local artist Virgil Feather was released from jail last November, he went missing. A few months later, he was found dead.

Tokio resident and local artist Virgil Feather went missing last November after being released from the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center.

Feather was incarcerated for failing to make payments on a DUI charge from 2008. He was an inmate at the LEC for six days from Nov. 9 to Nov. 15 at 4:33 p.m., according to jail records.

Shortly after his release, Feather disappeared.

Authorities reportedly dropped Feather off at the county line somewhere near the Hwy. 20 bridge after he was released. It was unseasonably warm for North Dakota at the time, as temperatures were well above freezing.    

About two weeks after Feather’s release, with no word as to his whereabouts, Fort Totten police sent a missing persons report to several media outlets, including the Journal. Whether or not they conducted an investigation into his disappearance is unknown.

What is known is that on March 29, Feather was found dead.

Details surrounding Feather’s death are currently scarce.

The FBI has refused to release any details, citing a pending investigation. Fort Totten police have refused to provide any comment.

What is left are rumors, which will not be printed here without confirmation, though foul play is suspected in Feather’s death.

Feather was known around the community and beyond as a talented artist, and his pieces have been displayed at the Lake Region Heritage Center and the Pioneer Daughters Museum at Fort Totten, among many other venues. Several of his works are also for sale at the antique mall on 6th St. in Devils Lake.

Feather was 65 years old at the time of his death.

The Journal is aggressively pursuing this story and will provide further details as they become available. Anyone with information may call 701-662-2127 ext. 116. All conversations will be considered off the record pending approval of those who provide tips, and those who provide tips may remain anonymous.

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