Lori Heimer was a 57-year-old dog breeder, mother of four daughters and grandma to four grandchildren. She lived in southeast Assaria, Kansas, on a quiet farm with her husband, Ron.
Lori worked for many years in the childcare and community programmes but decided that she wanted to spend more time at home with her family and cooking meals. This led her to start her own dog breeding business, Lori’s Poodle Patch, in 2000.
Lori ran her business from their home and would breed poodles, Yorkies and golden retrievers alongside designer dogs such as Goldendoodles and Yorkiepoos. Lori sold the dogs to many people in Kansas as well as other states.
Lori’s daughter, Genell, says that Lori had the biggest heart, and was so loving and helpful to everyone. She would talk to literally anyone and they would immediately become friends. Lori was also an amazing cook and was incredibly creative with both her daughters and grandchildren.
However, on the 25th of June 2016, Lori was brutally murdered in her own home. She was found by family members who immediately called the police.
The authorities have not released much information on Lori’s murder or the crime scene, with Lieutenant Micheal Ascher saying that Lori was “brutally murdered” and that it was a “brutal crime.”
There have been no suspects or arrests made in Lori’s case.
Over 1,000 people came out to show their respects at Lori’s funeral. Police officers even saluted as a way of showing respect to Lori and her family.
Lori’s family realised that they needed to reach out to the public for help and support. One of Lori’s other daughters, Jodi, set up this Facebook group to share her mother’s story.
All four of Lori’s daughters, Genell, Jodi, Katie and Lynnsey have worked tirelessly to share their mother’s story to try and bring the person(s) responsible to justice. They have appeared on local radio stations, taken part in newspaper interviews and driven all over Kansas handing out flyers and fundraising for the reward fund.
At the Saline County Fair, which took place just a few weeks after Lori’s death, the girls and their supporters managed to hand out over 15,000 flyers – with some truckers taking the flyers on the road with them.
As of 2022, there have been no new leads in Lori’s murder. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is urging anyone with information to call them at 1-800-KSCRIME.
If you have any information regarding Lori’s murder or any information about the two vehicles listed below, please contact the KBI or your local FBI office.
Lori’s family deserve answers and justice.
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