NE NE - Mary Kay Heese, 17, Wahoo, 25 March 1969

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  1. Snick1946

    Snick1946 Active Member

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    Article in this morning's World Herald:

    http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10532823

    Don't know if this case has ever been commented on in this venue but found this interesting. The full article in the print edition went on to mention that a prime suspect in the crime killed himself a few years after.
     
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  3. colette

    colette Active Member

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    Too bad the online article didn't have more details. If they thought the suspect was a man who killed himself, why were they taking DNA of a 60 year old woman? Maybe she was a relative?
     
  4. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Some snippets describing the crime:

    Note this article was dated Thursday, Sep 21, 2006

    "Mary Kay Heese was 17 on March 25, 1969, when she was stabbed 12 times after track practice in Wahoo. She died that day."

    http://www.fremonttribune.com/articles/2006/09/21/news/news1.txt

    Note this article was dated September 14, 2006

    "Mary Kay Heese was a teenager when she was found brutally killed, and the circumstances of her death have remained a mystery.

    "Her body was located about a mile or two outside of town. She died from 12 stab wounds," said Saunders County Attorney Scott Tinglehoff."

    http://www.officer.com/web/online/Funding-and-Management-News/Grant-Allows-Nebraska-Police-To-Reopens-12-Cold-Cases/4$32634

    Note that the date of this article is dated 09 JAN 09:

    "Heese, a Wahoo High School junior, was stabbed multiple times in the chest and stomach. Her body was found after midnight on March 26, 1969. The weapon used to kill her was never found."

    "On the day she was killed, she attended track practice. Walking home, she stopped at the Wigwam Cafe in downtown Wahoo for a hot chocolate about 4:30 p.m. At 5 p.m., residents recalled seeing her walking home, about six blocks from her family's house on the edge of town."

    "Authorities believe that she voluntarily got into a car with someone familiar to her. At 12:30 a.m., a local farmer contacted police after finding schoolbooks scattered along a county road about four miles southeast of town. Nearby, law enforcement officers found Heese's body, fully clothed, her white gloves soaked in blood. Evidence at the scene indicated that she had bolted from a vehicle and had run down the rural road, chased by someone. Eventually, she and her attacker came face to face, struggled on the road and then into the ditch, where her body was found. There was no evidence of a sexual assault."

    "At this point, Frank said, circumstantial evidence points to a man in his early 20s from Wahoo who had been in scrapes with the law. He was an older kid who was drinking heavily that day,' Frank said. He killed himself within a few years of Heese's slaying.Authorities have been unable to establish a DNA link between the man and Heese, Frank said. DNA samples obtained from the man's relatives did not match DNA from the scene."

    http://www.southwestiowanews.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20237749&BRD=2703&PAG=461&dept_id=627131&rfi=6
     
  5. colette

    colette Active Member

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    Well how can they say "case closed" when the DNA doesn't match? Sounds like someone else got away with murder and now the case is closed.
     
  6. Lsolve

    Lsolve New Member

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    If anyone see this reply please let me know. I am curious to find out if anyone knows how this case can be reopened or investigated. I have heard that someone started to look into this case and they then received threatening phone calls.
     
  7. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    http://omahanewsstand.com/articles/2009/12/04/the_ashland_gazette/news/doc4b13ea87650f8261257015.txt



    Published: Monday, November 30, 2009 10:34 AM CST

    Nebraska State Patrol Lt. Bob Frank is listed as having that case and working it in Nov of 2009. I would start there Lsolve. Just my opinion.
     
  8. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Cold-Case-Warming-Up-After-45-Years-255118171.html

    http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Witnesses-In-Cold-Case-Murder-Fight-Subpoenas-284031661.html

     
  9. Stella

    Stella Member

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    Legal stuff confuses me. If the suspects refuse the subpoenas, can't they be extradited instead? I'm reading between the lines here but it seems like Nebraska LE has some pretty good evidence, including DNA against the suspects, if they are fighting this hard after all these years to get justice for Miss Hesse. Why are the suspects fighting the subpoenas if they are innocent? 48 Hours Mysteries or other such TV programs should do a show on this one.
     
  10. Karabeth123

    Karabeth123 New Member

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    Has there ever been an update on Mary Kay Heese or the killer? Ive read articles and live in Nebraska but I cant seem to find anything other than the DNA testing and that they suspected the male committed suicide.

    Thank you :)
     

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