When the bodies of two teenage girls missing from different states are found in the same remote location, investigators endeavor to identify and apprehend a potential serial killer. Top investigative professionals search for the final puzzle piece in a complicated hunt for the truth in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Sarah Boehm was 14-years-old when she disappeared from her home town of Rochester, Pennsylvania in 1994. Her remains were later found in Portage County, Ohio. Investigators suspect she was murdered by the same person who killed Kathy Menendez. Image source: family photo.
Rochester, PA (the town Sarah disappeared from) is approximately a 1 hr 15 min drive from Portage County, Ohio (where Sarah’s remains were found, not far from Kathy’s). Source: Google Maps.
Kathy Menendez was 17-years-old when she went missing from her home town in Portage County, Ohio in 1994. Her remains were found days later in a remote location in the same county. It was clear she had been murdered. Sarah’s remains were later found not far from where Kathy’s had been. Image source: family photo.
A photo copy of the outside of the envelope Sarah’s family found beneath her pillow in the days following her disappearance. It contained a 2-page letter.
A photocopy of Page 1 of the letter found beneath Sarah’s pillow.
A photocopy of Page 2 of the letter found beneath Sarah’s pillow.
10 months prior to her disappearance, Sarah reported an attempted abduction. This 1993 newspaper clipping shows a police composite image depicting her would-be abductor.
Sarah’s remains were located 4 months after her disappearance, but were not identified until years later. When the connection was finally made, it was headline news. Contrastingly, Kathy’s remains were identified shortly after they were located.
An officer’s sketch depicts the scene where Sarah’s remains were found. By the time of discovery, they were largely skeletal. Source: Portage County Sheriff’s Office.
Larry DeWayne Hall is a serial killer who murdered women and girls in a variety of states. He traveled frequently to various historic sites and reenactment events related to the American Civil War. These travels almost certainly took him through Kathy and Sarah’s home towns. It’s unknown if he killed Kathy and / or Sarah, but there are similarities between their deaths and Hall’s known crimes.
This map shows the most popular route of travel from Wabash, Indiana (hometown of serial killer Larry DeWayne Hall) and the state of Pennsylvania / the popular historic site of Gettysburg. Hall likely traveled through both Portage County, Ohio (Kathy’s hometown) and Rochester Township, Pennsylvania (Sarah’s hometown) during drives from Indiana to Pennsylvania. Source: Google Maps.
Sources used to research this episode:
Who murdered 14-year-old Sarah Boehm and 17-year-old Kathryn Menendez? (Mandy Noell / WKBN News)
KDKA Mysteries: Law Enforcement Says There Is A Strong Person of Interest In Killing of Sarah Boehm Decades Later (CBS Pittsburgh)
The Body at Berlin Lake: Target 11 Investigates Cold Case Involving Rochester Teenager (Rick Earle / WPXI-TV)
Hidden Letter in Cold Case Released (ABC4 WTAE)
Murder Victim: Kathryn Menendez (FBI)
FBI Hoping for New Clues in Teen’s Cold Case Disappearance (WPXI News)
FBI: ‘Advanced’ Tech to Aid Search for Evidence in 1994 Murders (Dave O’Brien / Record Courier)
Alliance Cold Case Murder Victim’s Mom Remembers (Stephanie Ujhelyi / The Alliance Review)
Teens’ Bodies Found 800 Miles Apart in 1994 (Philip Rosenbaum / CNN)
Larry DeWayne Hall (Dr Mike Aamodt / Radford University Serial Killer Information Center)
If you have any information on the murders of Sarah Boehm and / or Kathy Menendez, please contact the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office at (412) 432-4000.
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