Missing: Heather Teague (1995)

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This next case we are going to is of a missing woman when she vanished off a beach 26 years ago. This is the case on the disappearance of Heather Teague.

August 26, 1995, Heather Teague was on the Newburgh Beach in Henderson County, Kentucky sunbathing when a witness was looking through his telescope from across the Ohio River at around 12:45 pm when they noticed a white man approach Heather and drug her by her hair at gunpoint into the woods just off Newburg Beach.

The abductor that allegedly grabbed Heather was approximately 6’0 and weighed between 210 to 230 pounds. He had brown hair and big bushy brown bread. He was wearing jeans and did not have shirt on, he was also reported to be wearing a wig and a mosquito net at the time. How odd is that? A wig?

The witness immediately called the police and the police raced out to the beach and began searching the area later that day and discovered part of Heather’s bathing suit near the alleged abduction site. There was additional evidence that was found but nothing could help investigators to find out where Heather was. She has never been heard from again.

Photo Credit: Momma Love True Crime

According to Southern Gone Podcast, there was also a rumor going around but it was never confirmed, that Heather may have been an informant as we was involved in drugs at the time.

Marvin Ray Dill, he was also known as “Marty”, who was a local pig farmer, was pulled over in a routine traffic stop after Heather’s disappearance. He drove a red and white Ford Bronco which was the identical vehicle to what a witness described that was parked next to Heather’s car at the Newburgh Beach. When the police checked Marty Dill’s license they noticed that Marty had shaved his head and bread, well why would you do that?

Police discovered a hair that resembled Heather’s, 2 guns, 2 knives, duct tape, rubber gloves, and rope in his vehicle at the time of his traffic stop. Now, why would anybody be caring duct rubber gloves and rope around in their vehicle? I mean I found that weird? Does nobody else?

Something else that the officers found was bloodstains on the inside of the tailgate.

There was also a composite sketch made of the abductor and it resembled Marty Dill strongly.

Investigators received multiple tips connecting Marty Dill to Heather’s case in August 1995 and arrived at his home to question him. Marty told his wife to leave their house after being alerted of the police arriving shortly. He then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head before officers could enter his home to question him.

Why would you commit suicide? Was he hiding something? Did he take Heather? There was no way to know now as he died before police officers could question him.

Prosecutors had tons of evidence against Marty Dill after his death and they brought all the evidence before a grand jury. They also called a witness during the grand jury phase, his wife, but she invoked her Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer any questions about Heather Teague’s abduction. Why would she do this? Did she know? Or was she just protecting her and her husband? But what was she protecting from if she was doing this?

There was another possible suspect in the Heather Teague Case, his name was Christopher J. Below, he was originally from Henderson, Kentucky. He had plead guilty to an attempted involuntary manslaughter charge in the 1991 death of Kathern Fetzer and is serving 11-18 years in prison for the crime.

Kathern Fetzer’s body has never been found but Christopher confessed to shooting her and pleaded guilty to attempted involuntary manslaughter. He is also considered to be a person of interest in the disappearances of Mary Kushto, Shaylene Farrell and Kristina Proco.

Investigators believe that Christopher may have attacked other woman who physically resembled Kathern Fetzer. Both Heather and Kathern had long dark hair and were about 5’0 and 100 pounds. Christopher was known to be in the general area when Heather was abducted, but shortly after her disappearance, and on the same day that Marty Dill committed suicide, he left out of Kentucky. Marty Dill, Christopher and Heather Teague all shared the same acquaintances.

Although the witnesses to Heather Teague’s abduction consistently identified Marty Dill as the abductor and not Christopher Below police believe they have enough evidence to tie Christopher Below to the crime. They also believed that Marty Dill and him may have done it together, maybe one of them grabbed Heather and the other drove the car. Christopher Below has not been charged in the connection with Heather’s case, however, due to the lack of evidence linking him to the crime.

In February of 2013, Heather’s mother filed a lawsuit against the local, state and federal authorities in connection with the disappearance of her daughter, alleging malfeasance and cover-up. Furthermore, her mother claims that law enforcement put too much focus on the wrong person and failed to follow up on other leads that could have taken the investigation in different directions. The litigations is still pending on the matter.

Heather Teague’s disappearance remains unsolved to this day, but foul play is suspected due to the circumstances involved in her case.

If you have any information on this case, please contact one of the following:

Investigative Agency: Kentucky State Police, Detective Tim Rascoe, (270)-826-3312

CUE Center for Missing persons at (910)-343-1131

CUE Center 24 hour Tip Line at (910)-232-1687.

All information submitted to the CUE Center for Missing Persons is confidential.

 

Sources:

Heather Teague – CUE – Community United Effort (ncmissingpersons.org)

The Disappearance of Heather Teague (mommalovestruecrime.com)

The Disturbing Abduction of Heather Teague | by Nicole Henley | Of Misdeeds and Mysteries | Medium

Heather Danyelle Teague – The Charley Project