“Person of Interest” Arrested in Salina Missing Woman Case

Police arrest a “person of interest” in connection with the disappearance of a Salina woman.

Officers from the Salina Police Department’s Special Response Team, the Abilene Police Department, and the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Joel M. Heil at a motel in Abilene Wednesday evening at 5:20pm.

Police say that Heil is a “person of interest” in the disappearance of 27-year-old Kristin Tyler.

He was arrested on a couple of unrelated warrants, a failure to appear warrant and probation violation warrant.

Police say Heil and Tyler are acquaintances.

Lt. Scott Siemsen tells KSAL News that the search for Tyler continues,”We’re still looking for Kristin Tyler – we do suspect there may be foul play,” he said.

“We won’t know that till we find Tyler.”

Tyler’s mother contacted police after her daughter did not return home. Police say she left to do some errands and also spent some time visiting friends – and was last seen on the evening of April 25th.

Her car was located on Tuesday, April 30th. It was parked abandoned in the apartment complex at 2130 E. Crawford.

Officers searched a salvage yard about a mile outside Salina on Wednesday. Tyler’s mother said that an anonymous caller told her that her daughter’s body was at the salvage yard.

Wednesday, Deputies from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office joined the search for Tyler and combed the area with multiple vehicles. According to Captain Brian Shea, 32 deputies teamed up in 16 vehicles to drive county roads.

“We were just pounding the ground before the rain hit to see if we could turn up anything,” he said.

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Kristin Tyler is urged to contact Salina Police at 785 826-7210.