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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Murder Charges Filed in Cold Case
From 1991 in Clinton County

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown and Federal Bureau of Investigation representatives today announced that murder charges have been filed against a Beaver County man accused of killing Katherine “Kathy” Dolan Heckel of Lock Haven, Clinton County, in 1991.

Loyd Groves Loyd Groves, 65, 239 Fourth St., Beaver, Beaver County, has been arrested and charged with one count of murder in the first degree and one count of murder in the third degree related to Heckel’s disappearance 24 years ago.

“For more than two decades, investigators have worked to bring to justice the man responsible for Kathy Heckel’s disappearance,” Attorney General Kane said. “This is a testament to the commitment and collaborative efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. We hope that the arrest of Loyd Groves brings some relief to her family, friends and colleagues. We will fiercely pursue these charges.”

The Office of Attorney General opened the current investigation in November 2013 following a referral from the Clinton County District Attorney’s office, which is the culmination of previous investigative efforts spanning almost 25 years.

Evidence was gathered by the Pennsylvania State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation and presented by the Office of Attorney General to a statewide investigating Grand Jury, which recommended the charges being filed today.

For more on this story you can go to AttorneyGeneral.gov.

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