Suspect detained in Cooperstown in the death of NDSU researcher

Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have detained a suspect in the death of a North Dakota State University researcher.

Griggs County Sheriff Robert Hook says the body of 54-year-old Kurt Johnson was found late Wednesday in a Cooperstown home. Johnson had last been seen leaving a bar in the eastern North Dakota town on New Year's Eve.

Hook declined to identify the suspect. State's Attorney Paul Murphy tells The Forum newspaper that the man is being held in Jamestown on an unrelated probation violation from California.

Johnson worked out of his Cooperstown home as an associate research fellow for the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at NDSU. Institute Director Gene Griffin says Johnson did a lot of work with the state Transportation Department.