Investigation Discovery special focuses on Indiana murder, possible cannibalism

Laura Frizzo, police chief of Iron River, Mich., investigates a crime scene in the Upper Peninsula. (photo courtesy Investigation Discovery)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A new docuseries coming out this month looks into an Indiana murder and how it helped uncover an alleged female serial killer, who neighbors say served the remains of one of her victims at a barbecue.

Investigation Discovery's "Dead North" follows Laura Frizzo, a police chief in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, as she begins an investigation into a missing person, Chris Regan. That investigation leads her to a deadly love triangle, human remains and even cannibalism.

Frizzo began her investigation on October 27, 2014 with a tip that Regan is missing. The following day, Frizzo meets her potential suspects, Jason Cochran and Kelly Cochran. Kelly had been having an affair with Regan and may have been the last person to see him.

The case goes cold until February 2016, when there’s a startling development—Jason Cochran, Kelly’s husband, dies of a suspected overdose in Hobart, Indiana. Frizzo’s heart sinks, thinking her key source is gone and Regan will never be found; but then, investigators drop a bombshell. Jason didn’t overdose. He was murdered.

Kelly Cochran (Lake County Jail booking photo)

Brought in for interrogations, Kelly finally admits she was a participant in Regan's murder - she and Jason had a pact to “kill off” anyone involved in their extramarital affairs. While Kelly explains most of Chris’ remains had been dismembered—and her neighbors reveal they were potentially served his remains at a barbecue—she leads Frizzo to an area where his skull is ultimately located in the desolate Upper Peninsula woods.

On May 10, 2017, Kelly is sentenced to life in prison for Chris’ murder, and on April 18, 2018, Kelly pleads guilty to first degree murder of her husband Jason, which carries a 65-year sentence.

Amidst these convictions, Kelly’s own brother, Colton Gaboyan, comes forth fearing his sister is a serial killer with nine total victims. Per the provisions in Kelly’s plea, the State of Indiana can never charge her for these additional murders. If she chooses, Kelly can now provide locations of other victims without any consequences.

The toll of this case on Frizzo’s career are significant. Despite disagreements with the Iron River City Manager regarding her “bullheaded” investigation style, Frizzo remains adamant that the case isn’t closed. The City Manager relieves Frizzo of her duties just as Kelly admits to having other “friends” buried in Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee and Minnesota; however, the identities and specific locations of these bodies remain a mystery to this day.

"The search for Chris Regan – and specifically Laura Frizzo’s determination to solve this case – is what compelled us to join her on this journey for answers,” Henry Schleiff, president of Investigation Discovery, said in a press release. “The story that unfolds through Chief Frizzo’s own video documentations is a rare opportunity for viewers to see a skilled investigator at work.”

“I’m so grateful that justice was served for Chris Regan, but I firmly believe that there are other victims out there,” Laura Frizzo said. “With new leads regarding their whereabouts, I’m hoping this series will shed light on the case and allow me to finish the investigation I started.”

"Dead North" premieres in a two-night event Monday, May 28 and Tuesday, May 29 from 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. Find the channel in your lineup by clicking here.

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