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    OH - Asenath 'Seenie' Dukat, 8, Upper Arlington, 3 June 1980

    Asenath Louise Dukat was an 8 year old third grade student at Barrington Elementary School in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Asenath had brown hair and she was known by her nickname as Seenie. Like all school age children, the end of the school year was only one week away and Asenath was looking forward to summer vacation.





    On the afternoon of Tuesday June 3,1980, the school dismissal bell rang at 3:00 p.m., but Asenath’s third grade class teacher kept the class 10 minutes after school to discipline them for talking during a class lesson earlier in the day.

    Asenath left Barrington Elementary School at 3:10 p.m. and began the 12 block walk home from school. Asenath was last seen by her two classmates at 3:20 p.m. walking along her usual route on Waltham Road heading towards her Malvern Avenue home in Upper Arlington.

    Asenath’s parents contacted Upper Arlington Police at 4:34 p.m. and reported that their daughter was missing. An extensive search of the neighborhood was immediately launched by Upper Arlington Police along with neighbors and friends of the Dukat family.

    Three hours after Asenath was reported missing, her body was found in a drainage ditch near the corner of Riverside Drive and Waltham Road in Upper Arlington, less than one block from her home.

    The investigation revealed that Asenath had been raped, strangled, and beaten by a blunt force trauma to the head. Investigators believed that Asenath had been abducted somewhere between the school and her house, and was murdered at a location other than where she was found.

    No one has ever been arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of Asenath Louise Dukat and the case remains unsolved to this day.


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    http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/F...omicides/Dukat


    http://www.dispatch.com/live/content...rime-tape.html


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    Tiffany Jennifer Papesh

    I noticed that there are other threads on WebSleuths involving young female children that went missing or were found murdered in the Ohio Valley region during the 1980’s.

    I don’t know if there are any connections here, but they both lived in Ohio, had brown hair, and were the same age.

    The murder of Asenath Louise Dukat occurred on Tuesday June 3, 1980 in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Upper Arlington is a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.

    On Friday June 13, 1980, Tiffany Jennifer Papesh, a 8 year old girl from Maple Heights, Ohio went missing. Maple Heights is a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

    It is a straight shot and a two hours drive on Interstate 71 from Columbus to Cleveland.

    Here is the WebSleuths thread of Tiffany Jennifer Papesh

    OH OH - Tiffany Jennifer Papesh, 8, Maple Heights, 13 June 1980 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
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    Case Maps

    Here are three different maps relevant to this case.

    The first map shows the route Asenath Louise Dukat took from her school (A) to her home (B).

    The second map shows the location from the school (A) to the crime scene (B) where Asenath Louise Dukat was murdered.

    The third map shows the location of the crime scene (A) and her home (B).
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    good sleuthing...

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    From things I have read, certain perpetrators are always on the lookout for victims. But, you may be onto something... maybe this was a salesperson's territory, for example?

    Because she got out of school ten minutes late, however, I wonder if she crossed paths with someone she normally would not have done. It's mentioned twice in a brief article which makes me wonder if the police emphasized that point. But, it may have just been to impress the time upon potential witnesses.

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    Girl, 8, Found Slain In Upper Arlington

    The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday June 4, 1980

    Girl, 8, Found Slain In Upper Arlington

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Wednesday June 4, 1980, police and school officials plan to beef up protection for school students at Barrington Elementary School and the neighborhood where an 8 year old girl was found slain.

    Asenath Louise Dukat was found slain in a shallow stream on the wooded grounds of the First Community Village retirement community by Upper Arlington police officers three hours after she had been reported missing.

    The wooded area where the girl was found slain was only a few blocks from her home. The article had a picture of the crime scene where the childís body was found.

    The water in the shallow stream was only a few inches deep when the victim was found lying on her back. The childís face was bloody and there were marks on her neck. A 20 pound rock was also found next to the victimís head, which was used to batter the victimís face. Sexual assault had not been ruled out as the motive and police had no suspects in the case.

    Members of the Columbus Police Crime Scene Search Unit assisted Upper Arlington Police in gathering evidence at the crime scene.

    Upper Arlington Police said that there have been reports of men trying to lure children into vehicles on the southern side of the suburb during the past few weeks.

    Upper Arlington Police also revealed that on May 7, a Tremont Elementary School girl was assaulted by a youth who had struck and choked her.
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    Witness Saw Killer, Killing Stuns Upper Arlington Families

    The Columbus Dispatch Thursday June 5, 1980

    Arlington Police ĎSatisfiedí Witness Saw Killer Of Girl

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Thursday June 5, 1980, the newspaper reported that Upper Arlington police are satisfied that a woman they interviewed under hypnosis saw the killer of 8 year old Asenath Dukat.

    The woman told police that she had been driving on Waltham Road on Tuesday afternoon when she saw a clean cut man in a white T-shirt carrying a large object in both hands. A red bicycle was parked nearby. Police believed that the large object may have been the victim.

    Police also had another possible witness who gave police a description from which the police made a composite sketch of the suspect.

    The newspaper article published a police composite sketch of the suspect and also a map showing the route where Asenath Louise Dukat walked home from school, where her school books were found, and where her body was found.

    Upper Arlington Police said that Asenath Louise Dukat, a third grade student at Barrington Elementary School, apparently was abducted as she was walking alone Tuesday afternoon on Waltham Road to her way home after school. Police believed she was confronted by a man as she was walking somewhere on Waltham Road but couldnít pinpoint an exact location.

    Police said the child was raped in a grassy area on the First Community Village grounds, which is on the south side of Waltham Road, but is shielded from the road by trees. The girlís school papers and umbrella were found by police several feet inside the villageís grounds, just south of the intersection of Waltham Road and Hillside Drive.

    Police speculated that the child may have been carried to the stream after she was raped or she could have escaped temporarily from her assailant who pursued her and caught her at the stream. The girlís body was found about one-eighth of a mile south of her home.

    The Franklin County Coroner said that Asenath Louise Dukat was strangled and raped, but was killed by a blow to her head with a 20 pound rock.

    Asenath was last seen between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. and the coroner estimated her time of death at 4:00 p.m. that afternoon.

    Upper Arlington Police believed that both the Dukat rape-murder and the attack on an 11 year old Tremont Elementary School girl on May 7 were related.

    The 11 year old girl was walking home after school when she was attacked and choked into unconsciousness off Canterbury Road near U.S. Route 33. Police believed her attacker was scared off, which enabled the 11 year old girl to survive her attack.

    The suspect in the May 7 attack on the 11 year old girl was described as thin with an olive complexion and with dark brown or black hair. The suspect was believed to be a white male between 15 to 20 years old. Police also said that the suspect has a Mediterranean look, possibly Italian or Sicilian.

    Police noted the following similarities in the attacks:

    Both attacks happened almost two miles apart from each other and in forested areas within a half mile of U.S Route 33.

    Both girls were going home after school when they were attacked and choked. A red bicycle was seen and bike tracks were found in the vicinity of both attacks.

    Both attacks were sexually motivated. The May 7 attack on the 11 year old girl was unsuccessful but Asenath Louise Dukat was raped.

    Police speculated that the use of a bicycle by the assailant indicated a strong possibility that the suspect may be unable to obtain a driverís license on account of his mental disability or age.

    Police also speculated another attack that occurred in April of a female Ohio State University employee who was assaulted as she was riding her bicycle along a secluded path by Kinnear Road. The April attack occurred a few miles from where Asenath Louise Dukat was murdered.


    The Columbus Dispatch Thursday June 5, 1980

    Girlís Brutal Killing Stuns Upper Arlington Families
    Killing Stirs Death Talk

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Thursday June 5, 1980, a traffic jam formed at Barrington Elementary School as frightened parents in cars and on bicycles picked up their children after school.

    The principal at Barrington Elementary School said that he has instructed all of the children at the school to go directly home or wherever they were supposed to go after school.

    Stunned and frightened parents in Upper Arlington are trying to explain to their elementary school children about the murder of Asenath Louise Dukat.

    The day after Asenathís murder, the children in her school classroom were questioned about who saw Asenath after school and when. As a result of the discussion, two children were sent to the principalís office to be questioned by Upper Arlington Police.
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    Police To Use Laser Tool

    The Columbus Dispatch Friday June 6, 1980

    Arlington Police To Use Laser In Search For Killerís Prints

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Friday June 6, 1980, Upper Arlington Police announced that a local private firm will examine rocks similar to the murder weapon in an attempt to use a sophisticated laser beam technique to see if it can detect fingerprint impressions on surfaces. If the test is successful, the fatal rock used in the murder will be sent to the FBI for testing.

    Police were also thinking about sending the girlís school papers, umbrella, and rubber ball that were found in the grassy area to the FBI labs in a hunt for clues.

    Police announced that after interviewing the woman who saw the killer carrying the child into the retirement village grounds and with witnesses who saw a suspect in the May 7 attack on another school girl, have developed the following description of the killer.

    The killer was described as 5 foot 9 to 6 feet tall, weights 180 to 200 pounds, has black hair with olive complexion. On May 7, he wore old blue jeans and light brown or suede shoes with dark shoelaces, brown gloves with black rigtags, and a light brown zippered jacket with black or brown elastic around the neck and wrists.

    The red 10 speed bicycle the killer rode had no fenders and three reflectors, an orange one on the front wheel, a red one on the rear wheel, and another hanging from the back seat.

    Police said that scores of people from their teens to their 40ís have been questioned by the police about the murder, but they were not even near making an arrest. Police also planned to question many more people in the coming days.

    Many of the tips called in to police were sightings of persons who matched the description of the swarthy suspect. Police also received many license numbers of automobiles whose operators attracted attention.

    Police also outlined some of the operations in their hunt for the murder suspect, such as filling out a field information card after responding to a call of a person acting suspiciously around young people.

    If police later found they need to bring in the person for additional questioning, they will either contact that person from the field card information or bring them in for questioning.
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    They had an excellent description of the guy, so something is wrong here.

    Maybe he used a car to get part way then used the bike the rest of the way. Or parked the bike, abucted the girl via car and used the bike to get out of the area while the cops were all over the place. Then came back for his car later. There has to be something that just looking for a guy on a bike matching that description is making them overlook.

    Maybe he was a kid and was able to go blend in with other kids. But, it sounds like they were looking at the potential that the killer was young. Maybe they didn't look young enough? I know of one hideously brutal rape/murder of a grown woman (early 20s) attacked in her apartment by a 15-year-old. So, there are kids capable of heinous crimes younger than most people like to think about... I'm not saying it was a kid. It could have been an adult even more easily.

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    In the composite sketch that police released of the killer, the hair style was a common hair style for teens and young adult men back in the early 1980's.

    One person who resembled the composite sketch came to the attention of investigators in June 1980.

    This person was eventually cleared by police as a suspect. He committed suicide in June 1984, days after the fourth anniversary of the Asenath Dukat murder.


    The Columbus Dispatch Monday June 9, 1980

    Man Nabbed Near Cleveland To Be Questioned In Killing

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Monday June 9, 1980, a 20 year old Upper Arlington man arrested over the weekend near Cleveland, Ohio will be questioned in the rape-murder of 8 year old Asenath Dukat.

    Upper Arlington police refused to identify the suspect or say where he was arrested in the Cleveland area. They did say that the man was unemployed and had been previously arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. They cautioned that the man was not considered to be a prime suspect.

    The man was stopped on Saturday June 7 by police in Northeast Ohio for a traffic violation. When officers approached the man, he closed his car window and started to jab himself in the groin with a hypodermic needle. Police broke the car window to subdue him. At the police station, the man got into another fight with police officers. The man was arrested and jailed on a variety of assault charges.

    Upper Arlington police learned of the arrest by an anonymous tipster, who had called investigators about the man earlier in the week.

    The anonymous tipster told investigators he had been at a bar on the night of the murder when a man began crying and said he was afraid to go back to his apartment.

    Upper Arlington police said that they were still busy questioning suspects. 21 persons were in various stages of being talked to and another 80 suspects have yet to be interrogated.

    Columbus, Grandview Heights, Reynoldsburg, Worthington, and Westerville police have provided information on suspects to Upper Arlington police.


    The Columbus Dispatch Friday June 13, 1980

    Arlington Police Will Re-Question Man

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Friday June 13, 1980, a former Upper Arlington man held by police in Willoughby, Ohio after a bizarre incident during a traffic stop on June 7, will be re-questioned soon by Upper Arlington police in the June 3 rape-murder of Asenath Dukat.

    The suspect lived in an apartment off Northwest Blvd. in Clinton Township. Upper Arlington police learned of the suspect when an anonymous caller told them the suspect was in an Ohio State University area tavern weeping and telling other patrons he couldnít go home.

    Police sought the suspect for questioning following the anonymous phone call, but found his apartment abandoned. They subsequently located him in police custody in the Cleveland suburb.

    Upper Arlington police were interested in the suspect being held in Willoughby on account that he was known to ride a red 10 speed bicycle, he resembled a composite drawing made by police artists, and his apartment and his parentís home werenít far from the murder site.
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    The Columbus Dispatch Tuesday June 10, 1980

    Skull, Brain Injury Killed Dukat Girl Autopsy Shows

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Tuesday June 10,, 1980, a preliminary autopsy reported that 8 year old Asenath Dukat died of skull fractures and brain contusions inflicted when she was struck on the head with a 20 pound shale type rock. The autopsy also showed that the third grader had also been raped.

    Hand prints were left on both sides of her throat as her attacker choked her. Bruises were found beneath both eyes and on the left side of the nose.

    Upper Arlington police were to distribute pamphlets describing the murder suspect to motorists on Waltham Road near where the body was found. They hoped to find another witness in addition to the woman who is thought to have seen the killer carrying the youngster onto the retirement complex grounds.

    Police also believed that Dukatís killer was the same person involved in the attack of another school girl on May 7. Police described the man as white, between 16 to 20 years old with a Mediterranean look. The killer was riding a red Schwinn 10 speed bicycle.
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    Police Still Believe 8-Year-Oldís Killer Is A Local

    I want to mention that Upper Arlington is an affluent suburban city on the northwest side of Columbus.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Arlington,_Ohio


    The Columbus Dispatch Sunday June 29, 1980

    Police Still Believe 8-Year-Oldís Killer Is A Local

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Sunday June 29, 1980, the Upper Arlington police chief believed that the murderer of Asenath Dukat was a local person or someone who knows the area that may still be stalking the suburb.

    The police chief was concerned that the upcoming Fourth of July celebration in the suburb could be a strong attraction for Asenathís killer looking for a new victim.

    The police chief said that on the previous Sunday, he personally spent time with the Dukat Family walking over the murder scene, and going over names and mug shots.

    Upper Arlington police have also questioned all the employees and residents of First Community Village, where Asenath Dukatís body was found in a wooded area on the grounds of the retirement community.
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    The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday October 1, 1980

    Arlington Man Faces Questions In Dukat Slaying

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Wednesday October 1, 1980, Upper Arlington police were looking at another suspect who was arrested on Saturday September 27 in Columbus after an abduction attempt near an apartment complex on the northwest side of Columbus.

    In the abduction attempt on September 27, three women saw a male suspect drag a 13 year old girl away from her bicycle and attempted to force the girl into a wooded area. The suspect fled from the scene in his automobile after the three women ran screaming to the girlís aid. The three women were able to get the automobile license plate number which led to the suspectís arrest.

    Upper Arlington police said that the suspect arrested in the September 27 abduction attempt was identified in a police lineup by the victim from the May 7 attack in Upper Arlington as the person who was riding a red bicycle on Canterbury Lane prior to her attack.

    The suspect in the September 27 abduction attempted also owned a red ten speed Concord bicycle which was impounded by Upper Arlington police.

    The article noted that the suspectís residence is slightly more than a mile from the scenes of the May abduction and the June murder, and three one half miles from Saturdayís abduction attempt.

    The article also noted that Upper Arlington police were aware of the suspect when an Upper Arlington woman made a complaint to police in May that the suspect was following her. Police investigated the womanís complaint but didnít lodge any charges against the suspect.
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    Bike Theory Dropped In Murder Probe

    The Columbus Dispatch Tuesday November 25, 1980

    Bike Theory Dropped In Murder Probe

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Tuesday November 25, 1980, detectives discarded the theory that a man who rode a red 10 speed bicycle murdered 8 year old Asenath Dukat.

    Police now believe that Asenath Dukat was abducted by a motorist as she walked from the school to her home on the afternoon of June 3, 1980.

    The Upper Arlington police chief said that the FBI had conducted lab tests on evidence from the Dukat murder scene against articles taken from the suspect arrested in the September 27 abduction.

    Comparisons between the suspectís tennis shoes, plaster cast of a footprint found at the Dukat murder scene, and blood samples were inconclusive.

    It was revealed that during the investigation, detectives learned that about 20 children, mostly females, were followed by male motorists near Barrington Elementary School between September 1979 and June 1980.

    Asenath Dukat had told her mother that on two separate occasions, she had been followed by a man in an automobile.

    It was also revealed that on June 3, parents who were picking up their children and voters going to the primary election polls at Barrington Elementary School reported seeing Asenath Dukat at Waltham Road and Arlington Avenue, but Asenath wasnít seen walking past Arlington Avenue.
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    It must be pointed out that this person was never arrested or charged in the June 3,1980 murder of Asenath Louise Dukat or in the May 7, 1980 attack on the other Upper Arlington school girl.

    However, he was convicted of abducting a 13 year old girl from the September 27, 1980 incident in Columbus. He served several years in prison for that crime.

    He tried to get the record for his abduction conviction from 1980 expunged in 2002, but the court denied his motion for expungement.


    The Columbus Dispatch Friday January 16, 1981

    Man Found Guilty Of Abducting Girl

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Friday January 16, 1980, jurors deliberated less than two hours before finding a 20 year old Upper Arlington man guilty of abducting a 13 year old girl near an apartment complex on the northwest side of Columbus on September 27, 1980.

    During the four day trial, witnesses testified that they saw the 20 year old man pulling the girl from a bicycle and dragging her toward a secluded field. The man fled from the scene when passersby stopped and screamed for help.

    The judge immediately sentenced the 20 year old Upper Arlington man to a prison term of three to ten years and a fine of one thousand dollars.

    The convicted manís defense attorneys asserted their client had cooperated in the Asenath Dukat murder case and has been cleared as a suspect.

    Upper Arlington police still wanted to question the convicted man about the murder of Asenath Dukat, but his defense attorneys said that they wouldnít allow them to continue to badger their client.
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