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PA KATHERINE HECKEL: Missing from Mill Hall, PA - 15 July 1991 - Age 40

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  1. Akoya

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    Katherine Dolan Heckel, known as Kathy, was last seen at noon on Monday, July 15, 1991, as she was leaving her office at the International Paper Company in Lock Haven where she worked as an IP management secretary.

    She called her two children just before lunch and told them she planned to run errands and would be eating alone. She drove her car out of the parking lot and never returned. She was reported missing by family members the following day.

    Kathy didn't have money or personal belongings with her and her financial accounts were not used. Her car was found on Thursday, July 17, 1991 at 10:30 p.m., near the Lock Haven Hospital, but did not contain any evidence leading to her whereabouts.

    The search for Heckel began with police, local firefighters, volunteers, horse-mounted search crews and canine rescue teams scouring the nearby forests and rural areas for weeks looking for clues and evidence.

    Kathy was a married mother of two. Her husband, a full-time National Guard member, was away at a 2-week training exercise at the time and is not a suspect in her disappearance.

    Shortly after the disappearance, police announced they had a suspect, who was identified as a male coworker whom Kathy had been seeing socially. Police seized his van, which was seen leaving the Hammermill plant about the same time as Kathy. Traces of human blood of the same type as Kathy's were found on carpet in the van, as were a box of .25-caliber ammunition, a hunting knife, a partial roll of duct tape and two athletic bags. A .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol was found in the man's desk at the paper plant. He denies any involvement in her disappearance.

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    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/14211/0/

    NamUs MP # 14211
    Katherine Heckel
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    Clinton County, Pennsylvania
    40 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 14211

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Katherine
    Middle name Dolan
    Last name Heckel
    Nickname/Alias
    Date last seen July 15, 1991 03:14
    Date entered 03/14/2012
    Age last seen 40 to 40 years old
    Age now 66 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity Other
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 63.0 to 66.0
    Weight (pounds) 130.0 to 150.0

    Circumstances
    City Mill Hall
    State Pennsylvania
    Zip code 17751
    County Clinton
    Circumstances
    Katherine was last seen on 07/15/91 at 1200Hrs and never returned

    Physical
    Hair color Brown
    Head hair
    dark brown curley hair shoulder length

    Left eye color Brown
    Right eye color Brown

    Scars and marks
    scar on right flank

    Clothing
    sleeveless, dark print (maroon with blue and yellow print) dress
    Footwear
    possibly tan flats size 8 1/2 -10 depending on size
    Jewelry
    Gold engagement ring with 1ct diamond, gold wedding with three small diamonds,1/4 ct diamond earings, gold chain neckless

    Accessories
    blue shoulder bag (8"-12"),brown wallet

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Trooper
    First name Stephen
    Last name Dunkle
    Phone (570)726-6000
    Website
    Case number F04-0440825
    Date reported July 16, 1991
    Jurisdiction State
    Agency PA State Police
    Address 1 113 Boyd Road
    Address 2
    City Mill Hall
    State Pennsylvania
    Zip code 17751
     
  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1958dfpa.html

    1958DFPA - Katherine Dolan Heckel
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    Name: Katherine Dolan Heckel
    Case Classification: Endangered Missing
    Missing Since: July 15, 1991
    Location Last Seen: Mill Hall, Clinton County, Pennsylvania

    Physical Description
    Date of Birth: Unknown
    Age: 40 years old
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height: 5'3" to 5'6"
    Weight: 130-150 lbs.
    Hair Color: Dark brown, shoulder-length and curly.
    Eye Color: Brown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: She had her right kidney removed which left a surgical scar on her right flank. Wears contact lenses. Pierced ears.

    Identifiers
    Dentals: Available
    Fingerprints: Not Available
    DNA: Available

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: sleeveless maroon dress with blue and yellow print and possibly tan flats (size 8 1/2 to 10).
    Jewelry: Gold engagement ring with one carat diamond, gold wedding with three small diamonds, 1/4 carat diamond earings, and a gold chain necklace.
    Additional Personal Items: Blue shoulder bag (8"-12") and a brown wallet.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Katherine Dolan Heckel, known as Kathy, was last seen at noon on Monday, July 15, 1991, as she was leaving her office at the International Paper Company in Lock Haven where she worked as an IP management secretary.

    She called her two children just before lunch and told them she planned to run errands and would be eating alone. She drove her car out of the parking lot and never returned. She was reported missing by family members the following day.

    Kathy didn't have money or personal belongings with her and her financial accounts were not used. Her car was found on Thursday, July 17, 1991 at 10:30 p.m., near the Lock Haven Hospital, but did not contain any evidence leading to her whereabouts.

    The search for Heckel began with police, local firefighters, volunteers, horse-mounted search crews and canine rescue teams scouring the nearby forests and rural areas for weeks looking for clues and evidence.

    Kathy was a married mother of two. Her husband, a full-time National Guard member, was away at a 2-week training exercise at the time and is not a suspect in her disappearance.

    Shortly after the disappearance, police announced they had a suspect, who was identified as a male coworker whom Kathy had been seeing socially. Police seized his van, which was seen leaving the Hammermill plant about the same time as Kathy. Traces of human blood of the same type as Kathy's were found on carpet in the van, as were a box of .25-caliber ammunition, a hunting knife, a partial roll of duct tape and two athletic bags. A .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol was found in the man's desk at the paper plant. He denies any involvement in her disappearance.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: PA State Police
    Agency Contact Person: Trooper Curtis Confer
    Agency Phone Number: (570)726-6000
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: F04-0440825

    NCIC Case Number: Unknown
    NamUs Case Number: 14211

    Information Source(s)
    Namus
    Pennsylvania Missing

    Admin Notes
    Added: 8/11/08; Last Updated: 5/29/16
     
  4. Akoya

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  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Loyd Groves is led from the Clinton County Courthouse

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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/10/statewide_grand_jury_probing_1_1.html

    Statewide grand jury probing 1991 disappearance, presumed murder of Clinton County woman

    October 24, 2014

    LOCK HAVEN – Katherine D. Heckel called her two children just before lunch on July 15, 1991, telling them she planned to run an errand, then grab some lunch alone.

    Her husband John was away on a two-week training exercise with the Pennsylvania National Guard.

    About noon Heckel, then 40, left the now-closed International Paper Co. paper mill, where she was a secretary. She hasn't been seen since.

    Police in 1993 classified the case as a homicide and a judge declared Heckel dead on July 15, 1998.

    Now, 23 years later, the case of the missing Mill Hall woman is again the focus of investigators.

    PennLive has confirmed that a statewide grand jury is investigating the case from four sources, three of whom say they testified before the grand jury. One source was advised by state police not to speak to the media.

    State police are not giving a reason for their renewed interest in the case. In July, police issued a news release saying they had received reports on undisclosed items that had been submitted to the state crime lab for examination.

    The state attorney general's office would not confirm nor deny the existence of such an investigation.

    Heckel, who had been married for 18 years, was described as a very friendly, out-going person who was well liked by most co-workers at the paper mill.

    Her late father, Clarence Dolan, reported her missing July 15, 1991. He told investigators his daughter was a devoted mother who would never leave her then-minor children uncared for.

    Three days after her disappearance, Heckel's silver 1990 Ford Festiva was found in a parking lot at Lock Haven Hospital. State police said she was not carrying any money and her financial accounts have never been used.

    In the month or so prior to her disappearance, she had seemed a little down, a co-worker had told police in 1991.

    When she disappeared, Heckel, who was 5-5 and 140 pounds with dark brown curly shoulder length hair, was wearing a maroon sleeveless dress with blue and yellow print.

    "She's with me every day," said her mother Margaret Dolan, who still lives in the area.

    State police announced seven years ago that the FBI and the state attorney general's office had joined the investigation. Heckel's information was posted earlier this year on the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program website.

    VCAP, as it is known, contains investigative information voluntarily provided by law enforcement agencies.

    It is designed to collect and analyze information about homicides, missing persons and other violent crimes. Crime analysts compare comprehensive submissions to all the other 87,000 cases in the database to identify similarities

    A search warrant affidavit filed by police in 2002 identified Loyd Groves, an industrial hygienist at the plant, as a person of interest in the police investigation into Heckel's disappearance. He has never been charged.

    The 2002 affidavit alleged Groves, now 65, was having an affair with Heckel. When questioned by police, Groves denied having an affair, the affidavit said.

    In the July news release, state police did not name a suspect, but said investigators were focused on a "known individual" with whom Heckel told a friend she'd had an affair.

    In the news release, they said the individual's van was seen leaving the paper plant about the same time as Heckel did the day she disappeared.

    A search of the individual's van turned up traces of Heckel's blood, along with a hunting knife, a partial roll of duct tape and ammo for a .25-caliber pistol, the news release stated.

    Those are the items identified in the 2002 search warrant affidavit as being found in Groves' van.

    A revolver was found later in his desk at the paper mill, according to the affidavit. He told police at the time of the search that he had intended to sell it but he could not recall to whom. Investigators said they were unable to locate anyone he had approached about buying the weapon.

    When reached at his Beaver home this week, Groves would not comment on the Heckel case.

    According affidavit, when questioned in 1991 by police, Groves claimed his marriage was stable, he was friends with Heckel and they were members of the company volleyball team.

    He provided a set of fingerprints at that time, but refused to take a polygraph test regard Heckel's disappearance, police said.

    A man who had known Heckel since childhood told police she had confided in him on July 9, 1991, that she was having an affair with Groves and she wanted to end it, the affidavit stated.

    Trooper Curtis A. Confer, now the lead investigator in the case at Lamar, said anyone with information regarding the case should call any state police facility.
     
  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://fox43.com/2015/01/29/murder-charges-announced-in-1991-clinton-county-cold-case/

    Murder charges announced in 1991 Clinton County ‘cold case’
    Posted 10:05 AM, January 29, 2015,

    Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown and Federal Bureau of Investigation representatives today announced that murder charges have been filed against a Beaver County man accused of killing Katherine “Kathy” Dolan Heckel of Lock Haven, Clinton County, in 1991.

    Loyd Groves, 65, 239 Fourth St., Beaver, Beaver County, has been arrested and charged with one count of murder in the first degree and one count of murder in the third degree related to Heckel’s disappearance 24 years ago.

    “For more than two decades, investigators have worked to bring to justice the man responsible for Kathy Heckel’s disappearance,” Attorney General Kane said. “This is a testament to the commitment and collaborative efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. We hope that the arrest of Loyd Groves brings some relief to her family, friends and colleagues. We will fiercely pursue these charges.”

    The Office of Attorney General opened the current investigation in November 2013 following a referral from the Clinton County District Attorney’s office, which is the culmination of previous investigative efforts spanning almost 25 years.

    Evidence was gathered by the Pennsylvania State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation and presented by the Office of Attorney General to a statewide investigating Grand Jury, which recommended the charges being filed today.

    State Police Acting Commissioner Marcus Brown commended Troopers Curtis Confer and Michael Hutson for their work on the case.

    “The state police continued to work this homicide investigation for many years in an attempt to solve this murder – and the result of this case is a direct reflection on the Pennsylvania State Police, in that no victim shall be forgotten,” Brown said. “With a fresh set of eyes and an open mind, Troopers Curtis Confer and Michael Hutson refocused their efforts on evidence, interview statements and the suspect Loyd Groves – ultimately bringing the case before a grand jury,” said Brown. “Because of the diligent work of these troopers, the victim’s family can now seek justice for the senseless killing of Katherine D. Heckel.”

    “We are gratified an arrest has finally been made, and that the Dolan and Heckel families may be closer to some answers,” said Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Hanko of the Philadelphia Division of the FBI. “No matter how cold the case, all victims deserve justice. The FBI’s commitment to an investigation doesn’t have an expiration date.”

    The Grand Jury found that co-workers Heckel and Groves began a brief romantic relationship during the summer of 1991. When Heckel informed Groves she wished to end their relationship, Groves murdered her following a loud and riotous fight at their place of employment, former colleagues recalled decades later.

    According to the Grand Jury, Groves disposed of Heckel’s body in a manner that caused it never to be found. That Groves disposed of or concealed Heckel’s body in such a way that law enforcement was never able to locate or identify it should not prevent Groves’ prosecution for the murder there is probable cause to believe he committed.

    The direct and circumstantial evidence supporting the Grand Jury’s recommendation of murder charges for Groves includes:

    • Former colleagues and friends were concerned that Groves harmed Heckel because she never returned from lunch on July 15, 1991, and they personally witnessed Groves’ volatile behavior toward her in the hours before she disappeared.
    • In the hours and days following Heckel’s disappearance, he exhibited anxiety and paranoia, interrogating coworkers about whether the police were asking about him.
    • Groves never expressed dismay or concern that Heckel was missing, but rather immediately set about recruiting friends and co-workers to help him manufacture an alibi.
    • Groves could not account for his whereabouts during the period when Heckel disappeared or explain his sudden and total memory loss.
    • Soon after Heckel’s disappearance, a friend of Groves’ son noticed what appeared to be a blood stain on the van upholstery. Groves explained to his children that the stain was ‘deer blood’ but told his wife it was ‘oil or tar.’ Groves then cut out the stained portions of the carpeting in the back of his van.
    • DNA evidence establishes to a mathematical certainty that the blood found around the removed carpet sections belonged to Kathy Heckel.
    • After Heckel’s vehicle was secured as evidence by authorities, a scent-tracking dog was given Groves’ scent and, in an empty parking lot, followed it to the exact spot Heckel’s vehicle was found.
    • Groves wrote a note to his wife that contained instructions for her upon his arrest.
    Heckel was described by witnesses as a loving, devoted mother. The Grand Jury found no reason to believe she had any plans other than to go to work during the day, and cook dinner for her children the evening of July 15, 1991.

    The case will be prosecuted in Clinton County by Deputy Attorney General Clarke Madden of the Office of Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecutions Section.
     
  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/01/arrest_made_in_1991_cold_case.html

    Arrest made in 1991 cold case of Clinton County woman

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    By John Beauge | Special to PennLive
    on January 29, 2015

    LOCK HAVEN — A co-worker has been accused of killing a Clinton County woman who was last seen in 1991 when she left work just outside of Lock Haven to go to lunch.

    Loyd Groves, 65, of Beaver, was charged Thursday with first- and third-degree homicide in the death of Katherine Dolan Heckel. Her body has never been recovered.

    The charges are based on a presentment by a statewide grand jury. Groves is being held without bail awaiting a preliminary hearing in Lock Haven. Investigators had considered him a suspect since Heckel's disappearance.

    "For more than two decades investigators have worked to bring to justice the man responsible for Kathy Heckel's disappearance," Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said.

    "This is a testament to the commitment and collaborative efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. We hope that the arrest of Loyd Groves brings some relief to her family, friends and colleagues. We will fiercely pursue these charges."

    Heckel was working at the International Paper Company on July 15, 1991, when she called her two children just before lunch to tell them she planned to run an errand, then grab some lunch. Her husband John was away on a two-week training exercise with the Pennsylvania National Guard.

    [​IMG]Loyd GrovesSubmitted photo

    About noon the 40-year-old left the now-closed paper mill, where she was a secretary. Her late father, Clarence Dolan, reported her missing the following day.

    He described his daughter as a devoted mother and he told police she would never leave her children uncared for.

    Heckel's silver 1990 Ford Festiva was found in a parking lot at Lock Haven Hospital three days after her disappearance.

    Police in 1993 classified the case as a homicide and a judge declared Heckel dead on July 15, 1998.

    The attorney general's office opened the current investigation into the case in November 2013 following a referral from the Clinton County district attorney's office. The FBI also has been involved.

    The grand jury found that co-workers Heckel and Groves began a brief romantic relationship during the summer of 1991.

    When Heckel informed Groves she wished to end their relationship, Groves allegedly killed her following a loud and riotous fight at their place of employment, former colleagues recalled decades later.

    Groves is accused of disposing the body in a manner that caused it never to be found. The lack of a body should not prevent Groves' prosecution because there is probable cause to believe he committed the murder, Kane said.

    The direct and circumstantial evidence supporting the grand jury's recommendation of murder charges for Groves includes:

    • Former colleagues and friends were concerned that Groves harmed Heckel because she never returned from lunch and they personally witnessed Groves' volatile behavior toward her in the hours before she disappeared.
    • In the hours and days following Heckel's disappearance, he exhibited anxiety and paranoia, interrogating coworkers about whether the police were asking about him.
    • Groves never expressed dismay or concern that Heckel was missing, but rather immediately set about recruiting friends and co-workers to help him manufacture an alibi.
    • Groves could not account for his whereabouts during the period when Heckel disappeared or explain his sudden and total memory loss.
    • Soon after Heckel's disappearance, a friend of Groves' son noticed what appeared to be a blood stain on the van upholstery. Groves explained to his children that the stain was 'deer blood' but told his wife it was 'oil or tar.' Groves then cut out the stained portions of the carpeting in the back of his van.
    • DNA evidence establishes to a mathematical certainty that the blood found around the removed carpet sections belonged to Kathy Heckel.
    • After Heckel's vehicle was secured as evidence by authorities, a scent-tracking dog was given Groves' scent and, in an empty parking lot, followed it to the exact spot Heckel's vehicle was found.
    • Groves wrote a note to his wife that contained instructions for her upon his arrest.
     
  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.pennsylvaniamissing.com/heckelkathydolan.html

    Pennsylvania Missing Persons
    and Unidentified Victims

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    Katherine Dolan Heckel
    Missing since July 15, 1991 from Lock Haven, Clinton County

    Vital Statistics
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 40
    Estimated Height: 5'5"
    Estimated Weight: 140 lbs
    Race: White
    Hair: Dark brown, curly
    Other: Wears contact lenses
    Clothing: She was last seen wearing a sleeveless, maroon print dress.
    Nickname: Kathy

    Case Details

    Kathy, of the Mill Hall area, was last seen on Monday, July 15, 1991 as she was leaving her office at the International Paper Company in Lock Haven. She had been leaving to go to lunch, but never returned. She was reported missing the following day.

    Her car was found on Thursday, July 17, 1991 at 10:30 pm near the Lock Haven Hospital.

    Kathy was a married mother of two children. Her husband, a full-time National Guard member, was away at a 2-week training exercise at the time and is not a suspect in her disappearance.

    If you have any information about this case, please contact:

    Pennsylvania State Police
    Troop F
    570-726-6000

    NamUs MP # 14211

    Sources
    Family of Kathy Dolan HeckelPatriot News
    LockHaven.com
    NewsLibrary.com
     
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    https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/top...h-official-charged-in-old-pennsylvania-murder

    Retired Portage County health official charged in old Pennsylvania murder
    Published: March 8, 2015

    Loyd Groves, 65, of Beaver County was arrested taken into custody for the murder of Katherine Dolan Heckel, 24 years after her murder. Authorities believe Heckel and Groves who worked together, had an affair and when Heckel ended things, Groves killed her and disposed of her body. Heckel's body has never been found.
     
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    Her car was found on Thursday, July 17, 1991 at 10:30 pm near the Lock Haven Hospital.

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