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A downstate man moves to Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula, then vanishes. Suspicions spread from the neighbor he was staying with, to the girlfriend he fought with, to the cops who were supposed to find him.  

From the Detroit Free Press, “Where Secrets Go to Die: The Disappearance of Derrick Henagan” is an eight-episode serial podcast. Award-winning journalist John Wisely examines a murder case in a natural paradise and uncovers drugs, sex and other local secrets.

All eight episodes are now available wherever you listen to podcasts.

Want to dive deeper? Check out freep.com/secrets for photos, videos, documents and more tied to the case.

Links to specific episode content can also be found in the description of the trailer for this series.
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A downstate man moves to Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula, then vanishes. Suspicions spread from the neighbor he was staying with, to the girlfriend he fought with, to the cops who were supposed to find him.   From the Detroit Free Press, “Where Secrets Go to Die: The Disappearance of Derrick Henagan” is an eight-episode serial podcast. Award-winning journalist John Wisely examines a murder case in a natural paradise and uncovers drugs, sex and other local secrets.   Episodes are available now only for Detroit Free Press subscribers in one playlist. Or listen on our episode pages while checking out photos, videos and documents tied to the case: Episode 1: The Body Hunter Episode 2: The Missing Man Episode 3: Bleach and Blood Episode 4: Sins of the Father Episode 5: The Bounty Hunter Episode 6: Drugs, Sex and Secrets Episode 7: The Ax in the Wall Episode 8: The Empty Grave
A downstate man moves to Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula, then vanishes. Suspicions spread from the neighbor he was staying with, to the girlfriend he fought with, to the cops who were supposed to find him.   From the Detroit Free Press, “Where Secrets Go to Die: The Disappearance of Derrick Henagan” is an eight-episode serial podcast. Award-winning journalist John Wisely examines a murder case in a natural paradise and uncovers drugs, sex and other local secrets.   All eight episodes are out now wherever you listen to podcasts. Want to check out special content and learn more about the case? Check out freep.com/secrets. You can also listen on our episode pages while checking out photos, videos and documents tied to the case: Episode 1: The Body Hunter Episode 2: The Missing Man Episode 3: Bleach and Blood Episode 4: Sins of the Father  Episode 5: The Bounty Hunter  Episode 6: Drugs, Sex and Secrets  Episode 7: The Ax in the Wall  Episode 8: The Empty Grave 
Derrick Henagan disappeared in 2008 and his case has gone cold. We bring you along on a body hunt in the woods of Upper Michigan. A cadaver dog leads the search, which includes a longtime forensic lab technician who’s also a wilderness guide. Check out the episode show notes for more on the story and case. Can't wait for the next episodes? Become a Detroit Free Press subscriber to binge the whole podcast.
Derrick Henagan was an outsider in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula when he disappeared. We explore his hometown in Lower Michigan to learn more about his growing up, his family and his demons. Check out the episode show notes for more on the story and case. Can't wait for the next episodes? Become a Detroit Free Press subscriber to binge the whole podcast.
Derrick Henagan’s relationship with his girlfriend Dyanna Maddox was stormy enough to bring the cops to the house repeatedly. We hear tales of blood, bleach, gunshots and the first state trooper on the scene. Check out the episode show notes to read documents, watch video and see photos related to the case. Can't wait for the next episodes? Become a Detroit Free Press subscriber to binge the whole podcast.
Michigan State Police Trooper David Moeggenborg’s name has been connected to the Derrick Henagan disappearance for all the wrong reasons. In this episode his daughter, Meghan Moeggenborg, describes a terrifying walk in the woods with her father, what she saw there and the threat she said he made if she spoke about it.  Check out the episode show notes to read documents, watch video and see photos connected to the case. Can't wait for the next episodes? Become a Detroit Free Press subscriber to binge the whole podcast.
It was Jody Newman’s job to find Derrick Henagan, who vanished while on bond. Then it became her passion after getting to know Derrick’s mom and realizing he wasn’t running, he was missing. In this episode, she describes her yearslong quest, including recording phone calls with people close to Derrick. Check out the episode show notes to read documents, watch video and see photos related to the case. Can't wait for the next episodes? Become a Detroit Free Press subscriber to binge the whole podcast.
The Upper Peninsula has its own culture. It also has its own law enforcement culture.   Locals help us examine the drugs, sex work, murder and police conduct swirling around people connected to the Derrick Henagan case. We also uncover a startling decision Michigan State Police made related to Trooper David Moeggenborg. Check out the episode show notes to read documents, watch video and see photos related to the case. Can't wait for the next episodes? Become a Detroit Free Press subscriber to binge the whole podcast.
Who else did police eye after Derrick Henagan disappeared? In Part A of this episode, we learn about a suspect who pled guilty to attempted perjury and we meet a man who says police hounded him. Check out the episode show notes to read documents, watch video and see photos related to the case. Can't wait for the next episode? Become a Detroit Free Press subscriber to binge the whole podcast.
The Henagan investigation takes strange new turns, including the discovery of a hidden ax. In Part B of this episode, we also hear Dyanna Maddox in jailhouse interviews with an aggressive investigator. Check out the episode show notes to read documents, watch video and see photos related to the case. Can't wait for the next episodes? Become a Detroit Free Press subscriber to binge the whole podcast.
Dyanna Maddox appears in court on felony charges that could send her to prison for years.  In the final episode, reporter John Wisely hears from Dyanna herself. Meghan Moeggenborg ponders her father’s legacy and what she plans to do about it. A person very close to Derrick also emerges and longs for a simple, though specific, outcome to the Henagan case.  Check out the episode show notes to read documents, watch video and see photos related to the case. For more stories like this, become a Detroit Free Press subscriber. 
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