- Associated Press - Sunday, August 28, 2016

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - Two months after a 57-year-old central Kansas woman was slain in her home, family members have turned to bake sales and raffles to boost the reward fund for information leading to the killers.

A family member found Lori Heimer’s body on June 25 in her home southeast of Assaria, where she had a dog-breeding business.

Less than a week into its investigation, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation released descriptions of two men and the pickup trucks they were driving. Authorities are still trying to identify the men, the Salina Journal (https://bit.ly/2bMR8vG ) reported.

A reward fund of more than $50,000 is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for Heimer’s death, and her family is holding fundraising events to bring in more.

“She was such a wonderful person, and it just doesn’t make sense what happened to her,” said Joni Alexander, one of Heimer’s four daughters. “The one thing I want people to understand is there is no clear reason why Mom was targeted. She had a heart of gold and would help anyone. If it could happen to her, it could really happen to anyone.”

Authorities haven’t said how Heimer was killed or if a weapon had been located.

KBI agents have told Alexander that raising awareness is essential to the investigation, adding that her mother’s murder “never leaves my mind.”

“We still don’t know as much as they do, but they tell us as much as they can,” she said. “They haven’t put this case on the back burner at all.”

Investigators are still looking for an older, beat-up maroon flatbed pickup truck with a white bumper, silver grill and wide-style side mirrors that was driven by a man in his 50s with “salt-and-pepper” hair.

They’re also trying to find an older-style, two-tone blue small pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet S-10, with a silver back bumper and blue tailgate. The vehicle may have two animal cages or crates in the back and be driven by a white man, about 40 years old who had shoulder-length hair and glasses.


Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, https://www.salina.com

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