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Saline County Murder Still Unsolved a Year Later

KSAL StaffJune 24, 2017

This weekend marks the one year anniversary of an unsolved Saline County murder.

Back on June 25th, 2016, authorities were called to 10525 South Hopkins Road near Assaria to investigate the murder of 57-year-old Lori Heimer. A year later the case remains unsolved. Saline County Sheriff Office Investigators are working alongside Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents to find the person or persons responsible for killing the woman who operated a dog breeding business at her home.

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.

Heimer was known to advertise her business in the region’s metropolitan markets, to include Wichita and Kansas City.

Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan tells KSAL News the case remains open, and active.


The family of  Heimer have raised $28,000 in reward money, and combined with a little over $8,000 from the Salina Crime Stoppers organization and private donors, the reward fund now stands at over $36,000.

The family hopes that the reward, which is now the largest ever local Crime Stoppers Reward in Salina, will prompt someone to come forward with  information that helps crack the case.

On Sunday evening at 8:30 the family is hosting a candlelight vigil at the Assaria Children’s Park. There will be live music and refreshments available, a guest speaker, candle lights at dark, and a short prayer.

Soldan adds that no piece of information is to small or insignificant to report. 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.


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