Pieces Still Missing in 2-Month Old Murder Investigation

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement continue to work on an unsolved murder in Saline County.

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

Saline County Undersheriff Roger Soldan tells KSAL News that investigators are working alongside KBI agents to find the person or persons responsible for killing a woman who operated a dog breeding business at her home.

“We’re still working on this daily, we follow up any leads that come in, in conjunction with the KBI,” Soldan said.

“If the public has any information at all – even if they think it is minor and they haven’t and would like to call in we would sure like to have any information they can give us.”

During the past month family and friends have been circulating posters, hoping to raise awareness to help find a clue that brings those involved to justice.

Lori’s daughter, Joni was a recent guest on the KSAL Morning News and says someone knows something that can help solve the crime, “It’s just going to take one small tip to put this whole puzzle together,” she said.

Crime Analyst Carrie Pruter with the Salina Police Department and Crimestoppers tells KSAL News that the reward has grown to over $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the murder.

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.