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What happened to Wil?

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MOSCOW, Idaho -

It's been almost 20 years since University of Idaho theatre student Wil Hendrick vanished. With no new leads in years, and friends and family still hoping for answers, Moscow PD is showing KHQ the case files.

"It's going to take some work," said Officer Jason House. "I think the potential is there (to get it solved."

Loved ones of Hendrick sure hope so.

"He was very loved by his friends," House said. "They had care and concern for him. His parents as well."

The murder happened when Officer House was just a high school boy. He knew the killer's dumping grounds well.

"Pieces of his remains were found in our stomping grounds," he said. "Where we hunt, where we fish. It was a shock to the whole community."

It was a hot summer night in 1999 when Hendrick was last seen. He, along with so many other students, were celebrating the new semester.

"Everybody is out trying to have a good time, they're reconnecting with people they haven't seen," House said.

Wil and his partner were doing some work around the place they shared. His partner stayed behind while Wil went out to a party. and had seen each other earlier in the day.

"Based on all accounts, it sounded like a relatively average Moscow party," House said. "Especially when school is starting back up."

But as the hours ticked by, average became alarming. Wil was gone. But his car wasn't. It was parked in the middle of downtown.

"The keys to the vehicle were in it on the dash," he said.

Also inside was an out of the ordinary can of squirt soda.

"One piece was out of place was that squirt soda can," House said. "It didn’t belong there."

Garbage? Perhaps. But friends were adamant to police it wasn't Wil's, it couldn't have been.

"There were generally two cups in the front at all times, one was for cigarettes, the other is for chew spit, but never third," he said.

KHQ obtained police photos of the search of Wil's car. In them, you can see his tires were caked in mud.

Roughly three years after the car was searched, Wil's remains were found.

"Four hunters were out," House said. "One came up on a skull. It was partially exposed from the ground."

From there, it became a homicide investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the Moscow Police department. House said it's been incredibly difficult because one of the biggest pieces remains missing, why?

"You're trying to piece together that motive, why would someone do this? And that piece is missing," he said.

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