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UPDATE: Woman’s Death Was Murder

KSAL Staff - June 26, 2016 7:02 pm

Saline County Undersheriff Roger Soldan speaks to the media Monday morning.

Saline County Undersheriff Roger Soldan speaks to the media Monday morning.

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a woman’s death on Saturday as a homicide, and asking for the public’s help.

At a media conference Monday morning Saline County Undersheriff Roger Soldan said that the case is being worked as a homicide, but released few other details including the cause of death or weapons that may have been involved.

Soldan said that on Saturday night deputies were send to a family’s home at 10,525 S Hopkins Road in rural Saline County in reference to a death at the residence. 57-year-old Lori J Heimer was pronounced dead at the scene. Soldan said they believe that Heimer had died sometime earlier in the day, on Saturday afternoon.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Scene Response Team was called in to assist.

Soldan said that multiple officers are actively working the case including several deputies and investigators from his agency, 9 KBI agents and a KBI civilian employee, and an investigator from the Saline County Attorney’s Office.  The Saline County Mounted Patrol assisted in a search of the area. Soldan would not disclose what they were looking for.

Soldan says that they are actively looking for the killer, but no specific suspect has been identified. He is asking for the public’s help. Anyone who may have seen anything out of the ordinary in the area is asked to contact either the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (785) 826-6500 or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-KSCRIME.

In the meantime, Soldan advises residents in the area to keep their houses locked, to be aware of their surroundings, and to call if they see anything suspicious or someone in the area who they do not recognize.

FIRST UPDATE: The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a woman’s death, and asking for the public’s help.

According to the agency, on Saturday at 7:48PM Salina EMS and Saline County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 10,525 S Hopkins Road in rural Saline County in reference to a death at the residence. 57-year-old Lori J Heimer was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Scene Response Team has been called in to assist with this investigation.

If you have information in reference to this incident please contact the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (785) 826-6500 or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-KSCRIME.

More details will be released to the media Monday morning.

ORIGINAL: Authorities from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were investigating a crime scene in rural Saline County on Sunday.

The sheriff’s office confirmed to KSAL News that they were involved in an investigation on South Hopkins Road, southeast of Assaria, but provided no further details.

Vehicles from both agencies were at the rural home Sunday, and the area was marked with crime scene tape.

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office indicated to KSAL News that more information would be released at the Monday morning media briefing.

 

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Doug Clemens

June 26, 2016 at 11:19 pm

Why is the sheriff not reporting this to the people of the county or city? Just what does he do down there at his office? Someone needs to wake him up and get him to the crime scene and to report what has happened not some crony under him.

Jerry Atrik

June 27, 2016 at 6:38 am

You seem to always have negative comments about law enforcement, especially the sheriff. Maybe you should run for his elected office…

Doug Clemens

June 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

Jerry A trik you bet and if I could fire him I would. This sheriff has his own record in this town which many do not know anything about. The sheriff is elected and in cases where there is suspected murder or a murder the sheriff should be the one talking to the community. The police chief should also do the same when it involves him. Both positions used to let the public know what was happening many years ago and this community has not gotten any bigger so those that now serve should be more interactive with the people they serve. Now if you cannot understand that then I feel sorry for you.

Marilyn Marshall

June 27, 2016 at 12:55 pm

I’m not sure I fully understand your feelings either Mr. Clemens. However, I do know that in a case of homicide it’s not up to the Sheriff what is released to the public. The county attorney and KBI step in and make those decisions. When there is an active investigation, only certain information can be released to the public.

Doug Clemens

June 28, 2016 at 1:33 am

Marilyn Marshall let me clear it up for you. First probably should not be talking about this on a murder but our sheriff has seemed to disappear since he announced he would not run for re-election. What I am saying on a horrible thing like murder the sheriff should be the one at the media conference giving the information. Past sheriff’s have always been in front of the citizens who pay their wages. When he was running for office he sure wanted our votes but once he got what he wanted he was not on the radar screen unless asking the commissioners for more money. I guess I want to see an active sheriff especially when someone is murdered. This poor ladies family is going through some sad times and after this is over they will want some answers to their questions. I know because I had a close friend killed several years ago and this same sheriff did nothing and the case ended up in the cold file draw. Hope you have a better understanding where I am coming from on this.

William DeSilvey

June 28, 2016 at 5:46 pm

@ Doug Clemens,
You are entirely correct. I have seen comments talking about “delegation”.
These are the things that do not get delegated.
I have been an RN for years, and in settings ranging from hospitals to long term care; when someone under your care passes, you don’t send your CNA to tell the family. You do it yourself.
In times like this, regardless of what information is allowed to be disseminated, it needs to come from the Sheriff.

Larry Larson

June 29, 2016 at 10:09 am

Doug, what case are you referring to that is now in the Sheriff’s cold case drawer? I know of two unsolved murders in the Sheriff’s files and both happened back in the 1980’s BEFORE Kochanowski held the position. In fact, Darrell Wilson was the Sheriff when both of those crimes occurred.

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