Police have arrested a woman in connection with a cold case homicide from nearly 30 years ago.
Carolyn J. Heckert, 48, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with the 1989 cold case homicide of Sarah DeLeon. Heckert was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service in Smithville and is being held in Clay County on a $1 million bond, police said.
New DNA collection and testing technology prompted Kansas City, Kan., police to reopen the 27-year old case in July 2014.
DeLeon suffered a head wound and was stabbed multiple times on Dec. 29, 1989. Police say her body was dumped along railroad tracks near Interstate 435 and Wolcott Drive on the western edge of Kansas City, Kan. It was spotted by a train crew.
DeLeon’s car was found earlier that morning, with the door open and the flashers on, about a mile from her home under the Interstate 70 overpass at 78th Street. No blood or evidence of a struggle was seen around her car, police said at the time. There was no indication of sexual assault.
Police said DeLeon had left her boyfriend’s house about 1 a.m. and was headed home.
DeLeon was a 1989 graduate of Washington High School and was attending Kansas City Kansas Community College at the time of her death. She and her younger brother worked as an usher at The Woodlands greyhound race track.