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Case File 1958DFPA


Katherine Dolan Heckel
Missing since July 15, 1991 from Lock Haven, Clinton County, Pennsylvania
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 40 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3 to 5'6; 130-150 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Dark brown, shoulder-length, curly hair. Brown eyes. Wears contact lenses. Pierced ears.
  • Clothing/Jewelry: A sleeveless, maroon print dress. She was wearing gold and diamond engagement and wedding rings; was gold engagement ring with 1ct diamond, gold wedding with three small diamonds,1/4 ct diamond earrings, gold chain necklace. She was carrying a blue shoulder bag (8"-12") with a brown wallet.
  • Medical: She had her right kidney removed which left a surgical scar on her right flank.
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: Available
  • AKA: Kathy

Circumstances of Disappearance
Katherine Heckel, of the Mill Hall area, was last seen on Monday, July 15, 1991 as she was leaving her office at the International Paper Company in Lock Haven, where she worked as as an IP management secretary. Heckel called her two children, both now adults and living outside the area, just before lunch on July 15, 1991, told them she planned to run errands and would be eating alone.

She left to go to lunch, driving her car out of the parking lot, but never returned. No one has reported seeing her since she left for lunch. She was reported missing by family members the following day. She didn't have money or personal belongings with her, and her financial accounts had not been used or emptied.
Her car was found on Thursday, July 17, 1991 at 22:30, near the Lock Haven Hospital, but did not contain any evidence of any consequence.

The search for Heckel began with police, local firefighters, volunteers, horse-mounted search crews and canine rescue teams scouring the nearby forests and rural areas for weeks looking for clues and evidence.

Kathy was a married mother of two children. Her husband, a full-time National Guard member, was away at a 2-week training exercise at the time and is not a suspect in her disappearance. Kathy grew up in Blanchard and lived with her husband and two children in Mill Hall.

Shortly after Heckel disappeared, police announced they had a suspect, who was identified as a male coworker whom Heckel had been seeing socially. Police seized his van, which was seen leaving the Hammermill plant about the same time as Heckel's car. Traces of human blood of the same type as Heckel's were found on carpet in the van. Also found in the van were a box of .25-caliber ammunition, a hunting knife, a partial roll of duct tape and two athletic bags. A .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol was found in the man's desk at the paper plant. The man denies any involvement in the disappearance of Heckel.
Foul play is suspected. To date, no arrests have been made.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Pennsylvania State Police
Trooper Matthew McDermott

Agency Case Number: F04-0440825

Source Information:
Pennsylvania Missing
NamUs MP #14211

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