Heather Danyelle Teague

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Top Two Rows and Bottom Left and Center: Teague, circa 1995;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 34 (circa 2006)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 26, 1995 from Spottsville, Kentucky
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 25, 1972
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2, 90 - 100 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Teague has a circular red birthmark on her right buttock. She has fallen arches, or flat feet.
  • Clothing Description: A red plaid bathing suit.
    Medical Conditions: Teague has scoliosis, and her spine curves slightly but noticeably as a result of the condition.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Teague was sunbathing at Newburgh Beach in Henderson County, Kentucky on August 26, 1995. A witness was observing the beach area through a telescope from across the Ohio River at approximately 12:45 p.m. The witness told authorities that he saw a Caucasian man approach Teague at that time. The abductor allegedly grabbed Teague by the hair and dragged her into the woods off of Newburgh Beach at gunpoint. The abductor was approximately 6'0 and weighed 210 to 230 pounds. He had brown hair and a bushy brown beard. The suspect was wearing jeans and did not have shirt. He was also reported to be wearing a wig and a mosquito net at the time he abducted Teague.

    Authorities searched the Newburgh Beach area later in the day and discovered part of Teague's bathing suit near the alleged abduction site. Additional evidence was also located, but nothing investigators found could lead them to Teague's whereabouts. She has never been heard from again.

    Marvin "Marty" Dill, a resident of Henderson County, Kentucky, had been pulled over during a routine traffic stop by police in February 1995, six months prior to Teague's disappearance. A photograph of him is posted below this case summary. Dill matched the description of Teague's abductor and also drove a red and white Ford Bronco, which was identical to a vehicle a witness reported was parked next to Teague's car on Newburgh Beach. Authorities discovered a hair resembling Teague's, two guns, two knives, duct tape, rubber gloves and rope in Dill's vehicle at the time of his February 1995 traffic stop. The truck had bloodstains on the inside tailgate. Dill also strongly resembled the composite sketch made of Teague's abductor. Investigators received several tips connecting Dill to Teague's case in August 1995 and arrived at his home to question him. Dill reportedly told his wife to leave their residence after becoming alerted to law enforcement's prescence. He then committed suicide by shooting himself before officers could enter his home.

    Prosecutors compiled available evidence against Dill after his death and brought the information before a grand jury. Dill's wife was called as a witness during the grand jury phase, but she invoked her Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer any questions about Teague's abduction.

    Another possible suspect in Teague's case is Christopher J. Below, a native of Henderson, Kentucky. A photograph of him is posted below this case summary. He was convicted of the 1991 murder of Kathern Fetzer and is serving a prison sentence of 11 to 18 years for the crime. Her body has never been found, but Below confessed to shooting her and pleaded guilty to attempted involuntary manslaughter. He is also considered a possible suspect in the disappearances of Mary Kushto, Shaylene Farrell and Kristina Porco.

    Investigators believe Below may have attacked other women who physically resembled Fetzer. Both Teague and Fetzer had long dark hair and were about 5'0 and 100 pounds. Below was known to be in the general area when Teague was abducted, but shortly after her disappearance, on the same day Dill committed suicide, he left Kentucky. He, Dill and Teague share some acquaintances. Although the witness to Teague's abduction consistently identified Dill and not Below as the kidnapper, authorities believe they have circumstantial evidence to tie Below to the crime. They believe he and Dill may have done it together; perhaps one grabbed Teague and the other drove the getaway car. Below has not been charged in connection with Teague's case, however, due to a lack of conclusive evidence linking him to the crime.

    In February 2013, Teague's mother filed a lawsuit against local, state and federal authorities in connection with her daughter's abduction, alleging malfeasance and a cover-up. Her mother claims law enforcement focused on the wrong suspect in Teague's kidnapping and failed to follow up on leads that would have lead the investigation elsewhere. The litigation is pending.

    Teague's disappearance remains unsolved. Foul play is suspected due to the circumstances involved in her case.

    Dill Below
    Left: Dill;
    Right: Below

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kentucky State Police
    270-826-3312

    OR
    Sarah Teague (Heather's mother)
    Madisonville, Kentucky
    270-824-8343

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    TroubleShooters International Inc.
    Outpost for Hope
    14 WFIE
    Officer.com: the Source for Law Enforcement
    The Akron Beacon Journal
    Where is Heather Teague?
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    The Doe Network
    The Henderson Gleaner

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    Updated 10 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 8, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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