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Episode 87 & 88: End of Trail

Updated: May 16, 2022


When a well-known and adored nurse went missing in Anchorage, the city was literally brought to a halt in searching for her. It didn’t take long for a suspect to catch the detective's attention. Their concern wasn’t just because he was a neighbor, nor was it because he had outstanding warrants. It was because he had been suspected of killing before. For the next two episodes, I will be telling the stories of Della Brown, Mindy Schloss, and Joshua Wade. Three Alaskans whose lives, and deaths, would become intertwined, generating conversations about the treatment of Indigenous victims, state responsibility, and all of the hurt that could have been avoided.


Last week was the first part of the story of Josh Wade, the disappearance of Mindy Schloss, and the murder of Della Brown, whose beaten body had been found in a shed. In part two, after Josh’s friends wore a wire, Josh Wade had an arrest warrant out and police were starting their hunt for him. This all took place 7 years before Mindy Schloss, a nurse who divided her time between Fairbanks and Anchorage, went missing from her home. When authorities, who all knew the infamous case of Della Brown, learned that Joshua Wade lived next door to Mindy, their instincts told them she had probably met a terrible fate. Now if they could just find her…and him.

Della Brown (left) and Mindy Schloss (right)

Josh Wade, photo from The Cinemaholic

Mindy Schloss Home

The shed where Della's body was found

Detective Pam Perrenoud, photo from Oxygen

Vera Hapoff, photo from Anchorage Crime Stoppers

Annie Mann, photo from Justice for Native People

Michelle Foster Butler, photo from Anchorage Crime Stoppers

Neighbor Kathy, photo from Oxygen

ATM Still

Joshua Wade in court