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Reward Continues to Grow in Heimer Murder Investigation

Jeff Garretson - August 12, 2016 2:56 pm

Sheree Spratlen

Sheree Spratlen

She’s traveled over a thousand miles around Kansas, hanging posters, shaking hands – trying to shake up awareness about an unsolved Saline County murder case.

“There’s a killer or killers on the loose and it’s very tragic to how many people really haven’t heard of it,” said Sheree Spratlen during the KSAL Morning News Friday.

“They ask me questions that I can’t answer.”

August 25th will mark two months since authorities were called to 10525 South Hopkins Road near Assaria to investigate the brutal murder of 57-year-old Lori Heimer.

Spratlen met Lori Heimer after learning from her husband about Lori’s dog breeding business.

Following the murder, Spratlen reconnected with the family through Facebook to find out how she could help – and the passing out the posters was a natural fit.

“I’m going to pass out Zach Short Poker Run flyers and decided I could pass out the Reward posters as well,” she said.

Because of efforts from Spratlen and others, donations to the reward campaign are on the rise.

Crime Analyst Carrie Pruter with the Salina Police Department and Crimestoppers tells KSAL News that the the purse now stands at $5,000 for information on the murder.

“That will continue to grow,” Pruter said who added those touched by the story of Heimer’s death can pledged money and have it earmarked for information focused on the Heimer case.

During the investigation, two vehicles of interest have been developed. Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the vehicles.

They are: An older flatbed pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet, which is “beat-up”, maroon in color, white front bumper, silver grill, wide-style side mirrors, with a driver that is 50 years of age or older, with “salt and pepper” hair.

An older-style, small pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet S-10, two-tone – dark blue on top and bottom with light blue in the middle, the back bumper is silver, but the tailgate is blue (like the body of the truck) and is newer or appeared to have minimal damage when compared to the body of the truck, the remainder of the vehicle is described as “beat up” and “scratched up”. There may be two animal cages or crates in the back. The driver of the vehicle was described as a white male approximately 40 years of age with shoulder length hair, wearing glasses.

If you, or someone you know, fits this description please notify investigators immediately.
Heimer was known to advertise her business in the region’s metropolitan markets, to include Wichita and Kansas City.
To provide information, please contact the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (24 hours a day) at 1- 800-KSCRIME or the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (785) 826-6500 during business hours.
Authorities have yet to release the cause of death or information about weapons that may have been involved in the murder.

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