The Saline County Sheriff’s Office says leads are still being followed in the June murder of an Assaria woman.
Undersheriff Roger Soldan said Thursday that investigators with his agency are still working on leads in the case on a daily basis. He said the Sheriff’s Office also continues to look at information they receive as it comes in.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation also continues to work on the case. “They are in and out of our office quite often,” Soldan said. “Any leads that come in from outside our jurisdiction, they follow up on.”
Heimer, 57, was found brutally murdered in her home southeast of Assaria at 10525 S. Hopkins Road just before 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 25th. Heimer ran a dog breeding business out of her home called “Lori’s Poodle Patch”, where she sold a variety of dogs including poodles, teacup poodles, toy poodles, yorkiepoos, and golden doodles. Investigators working the case are still wanting to speak to anyone that had contact or a business appointment with Heimer anytime between June 20th and June 25th.
Investigators are also still actively looking for two vehicles of interest in the case.
The first vehicle is an older flatbed pickup truck, possibly a Chevy, which is described as “beat-up”, maroon in color, with a white front bumper, silver grill, wide-style side mirrors, with a driver that is approximately 50 years of age or older with “salt and pepper” hair.
The second vehicle is an older-style, small pickup truck, possibly a Chevy S-10, with a two-tone color – 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.
Soldan said Thursday that residents near where the crime occurred have been very cooperative and have even reported some unusual activity in the days and weeks since Heimer’s murder. “We’ve been out that way at least once,” he said.
The Sheriff’s Office and the KBI continue to ask for the public’s help in the case. “Any information anyone would have, we would appreciate it if they would call it in,” Soldan said. “We would absolutely like to the clear this up and get some closure for the family.”
According to Carrie Pruter, a crime analyst with the Salina Police Department, the reward in the case, as of Thursday morning, has grown to well over $5,000.
Anyone with information pertaining to Lori Heimer’s murder is asked to immediately contact the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, 24 hours a day, at 1-800-KSCRIME, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office at 785-826-6500 during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Salina/Saline County Crime Stoppers at 785-825-TIPS. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to give their name.