02-15-2016, 05:14 PM #1
OH - Joanne Lynn Hebert, 14, Shawnee Hills, Ohio, 22 July 1981
On the afternoon of Wednesday July 22, 1981, Joanne Lynn Hebert was last seen by her older brother at their parent’s Delaware County home in Shawnee Hills. Joanne left home on her reddish-orange 10 speed bicycle to buy soda pop at the former Tag’s Market at the intersection of Dublin Road (SR 745) and Glick Road in Delaware County.
Joanne Lynn Hebert was last seen around 5:00 p.m. using a pay telephone at Tag’s Market. When the market closed at 8:00 p.m., Joanne’s bicycle was still parked in front of the market. Sometime after the market had closed for the evening, her bicycle was missing. It is not known whether the bicycle was stolen or taken by the assailant.
Joanne’s family went searching for her when she didn’t return home by 11:00 p.m. on the night of July 22. It wasn’t until 2:00 a.m. on July 23 that Joanne’s family contacted the Delaware County Sheriff’s office to report Joanne’s disappearance.
At around noon on Tuesday September 29, 1981, a squirrel hunter discovered the body of Joanne Lynn Hebert in a wooded area in southeastern Union County, about three miles away from her home. Her body was found a mile south of Mitchell-DeWitt Road near McKitrick Road, near where Franklin, Union, and Delaware Counties meet.
The Union County coroner ruled the cause of death to be a homicide. The victim was beaten on the skull with a blunt instrument and had been raped. The victim was clad only in her blouse and bra, and her Levis were lying next to her body.
No arrests have been made and the murder of 14 year old Joanne Lynn Hebert remains unsolved to this day.
Union County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office
Detectives Continue Search For Clue
02-15-2016, 05:28 PM #2
Columbus Newspaper Articles
I recently visited the public library at looked at Columbus newspaper articles on microfilm from the early 1980’s about the Joanne Lynn Hebert homicide.
Here’s what the Columbus newspaper articles reported during the early 1980’s about the homicides of Joanne Lynn Hebert.
Columbus Dispatch Thursday October 1, 1981
Body of Missing Delaware Girl Found Near Dublin
The partially decomposed body of Joanne Lynn Hebert, a 14 year old girl missing since July 22, 1981, was found Tuesday September 29, 1981 in southeastern Union County.
Hebert’s body was found in a wooded area by a squirrel hunter around noon Tuesday, about three miles away from her home. Her body was found a mile south of Mitchell-DeWitt Road near McKitrick Road, near where Franklin, Union, and Delaware Counties meet.
Prior to the missing girl’s body being found, the mother of Joanne Lynn Hebert had been insisting to law enforcement authorities for more than two months that her daughter did not run away from their Delaware County home about two miles north of Dublin.
The Delaware County Sheriff said that it appeared that Joanne Lynn Hebert had been severely beaten on the head.
Joanne Lynn Hebert was to have been a freshman at Dublin High School at the start of the school year.
The mother of Joanne Lynn Hebert said her daughter was last seen at their home on the afternoon of Wednesday July 22 by her older brother. Prior to leaving home, Joanne had asked her older brother if he wanted a can of pop. When the brother declined, Joanne left home and rode her reddish-orange 10 speed bicycle to the Tag Market on Dublin Road.
A detective with the Delaware County Sheriff’s office said that Joanne was last seen around 5 p.m. making a telephone call at the market. Her bicycle was still parked in front of the market when it closed at 8:00 p.m., but it has been missing since. The detective also said that detectives don’t know if the bike was stolen or taken by the assailant.
Mrs. Hebert said that when Joanne did not return by 11:00 p.m. on the night of her disappearance, the family went searching for her. It wasn’t until 2:00 a.m. on July 23 that the family called the Delaware County Sheriff’s office to report Joanne Lynn Hebert missing.
Columbus Citizen Journal Friday October 2, 1981
Slain Girl, 14, Seemed Frightened By The World Around Her
She was a frightened little girl, frightened of life, school, and the world around her. But unlike most teenagers, Joanne Lynn Hebert never had a chance to outgrow those fears.
The mother of Joanne Lynn Hebert said that just living in our everyday world frightened their daughter, but tried to keep those fears hidden.
Joanne Lynn Hebert would have been a freshman this year at Dublin High School. But she disappeared on July 22 and hadn’t been heard from since.
Joanne mounted her bike and headed for the Tag Market, which was down the street from where she lived. She was last seen about 5:00 p.m. at the market. Joanne’s bicycle was still at the store when it closed at 8:00 p.m., but had disappeared by the time her family members began looking for her at 11:00 p.m. that evening.
A detective from the Delaware County Sheriff’s office said that it appeared that Joanne Lynn Hebert had been raped. The victim was wearing a purple blouse and bra, but her Levis were lying next to her body. The victim also had several bruises and marks on her head.
Sheriff’s detectives from Delaware and Union Counties interviewed Joanne’s parents and some of her friends on Thursday. Detectives had no leads in the case and Joanne’s bike was still missing.
Joanne’s mother said in a trembling voice that she didn’t know what happened to her daughter as her daughter wouldn’t go near any strangers and wasn’t the type to pick up with strangers.
Columbus Dispatch Friday October 2, 1981
Slain Girl, 14, Knew Her Attacker, Detective Says
A 14 year old girl, whose partially nude body was found Tuesday in Union County, probably knew her assailant and left willingly with him, a detective said.
Joanne Hebert was last seen about 5:00 p.m. at the Tag Market on Dublin Road, where she had rode her bicycle to get some pop.
Detectives said that Joanne Hebert made a telephone call from the store and left her reddish-orange girl’s 10 speed bicycle, which hasn’t been located, in front of the market.
Family and friends of Joanne Lynn Hebert told detectives that the girl would not leave with a stranger. Joanne’s mother said that she doesn’t know who her daughter called on the telephone at the market.
The Union County coroner said that Joanne Lynn Hebert was found nude from the waist down and was probably raped before she was killed. The coroner also said that she had a fractured skull and was probably beaten with a blunt instrument.
A detective from Upper Arlington said that he would review details from the slaying of Joanne Lynn Hebert and compare it to the June 1980 rape-slaying of 8 year old Asenath ‘Seenie’ Dukat, whose skull was crushed by a 20 pound rock.
02-25-2016, 05:30 PM #3
Robin Marie Durrer
There is another Central Ohio girl who went missing and was also found murdered in 1981. Her name is Robin Marie Durrer.
The circumstances surrounding the disappearances of Robin Marie Durrer and Joanne Lynn Hebert are eerily similar. Both girls rode 10 speed bicycles and both were last seen at a neighborhood market. Both girls were later found murdered in a wooded area not far from their homes.
Robin Marie Durrer has a thread on Websleuths:
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