Henderson Police Look for Leads in 1996 Cold Case Killing

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The killing of a woman in 1996 has police asking the public for help in solving the cold case crime.

Diane Hietbrink, 58, was found dead in her home at 302 Nebraska Street on Sept. 25, 1996. She was found on the floor by her husband around 5:15 p.m. She had been stabbed multiple times.

The Henderson Police have resubmitted evidence from the case for more DNA testing with the hope that advanced technology will provide more clues to who killed Hietbrink.

"It's been nearly 17 years and while I will never get my sister back, it would be good to know who did it," said David Johnson, Hietbrink's brother. "I talked to her every day."

"No murder case is ever closed until it is solved," Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. "It is our hope that anyone who has information will come forward."

According to police, a few witnesses said they saw a Hispanic man in his early 20's in a buttoned-down striped shirt leave an area near the rear of Hietbrink's house. Police do have a composite sketch of that person.

Hietbrink's home has since been torn down to make way for a new development, but police have released photos of what the home looked like at the time of the killing, the pocket of a shirt that was ripped off the suspect, and a card with writing that is believed to have been dropped by the suspect.

Police say a seemingly insignificant fact or observation could be a key piece of evidence that leads to solving the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Henderson Police at (702)267-4750 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

 


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