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« Reply #16 on: Nov 13th, 2004, 08:06am »

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HENDERSON, KY. - Just two months after being sent to prison for the 1991 murder of a missing Medina woman, Christopher John Below is a suspect in the disappearance of a second woman.

This time Kentucky State Police are looking at the 39-year-old truck driver for the disappearance of a young woman snatched in 1995 while sunbathing on a beach along the Ohio River at the Kentucky and Indiana state line.

Kentucky State Police Lt. Pat Isbill confirmed Friday that Below is under investigation in the disappearance of Heather Teague in Henderson, Ky.

It was Medina Detective Scott Thomas who brought Below to the attention of Kentucky authorities last year while investigating the man's background for the murder of Kathern Fetzer.

During that investigation, which led to Below's confession and eventual sentencing of 11 to 18 years in prison for the Medina woman's murder, Thomas asked = [100.0]Indiana and Kentucky police whether there were any unsolved cases of missing women in their areas. Although Below moved frequently, he spent most of his life in Kentucky and Indiana communities bordering the Ohio River.

Thomas' inquiry turned up the mysterious disappearance of Teague, a 23-year-old abducted from a deserted beach area by a man with a gun and led into some nearby woods.

The kidnapping was witnessed by a man with a telescope across the river who was able to help police create a composite drawing of a bearded man with long hair.

Police there focused their investigation -- which attracted national media attention -- on another man who killed himself before police were able to question him. Thomas later discovered that the man's suicide coincided with Below's move out of the area to another state.

Teague's body was never found and the case remains open.

Isbill, the Kentucky state police lieutenant, said there are a lot of questions surrounding the high-profile case that investigators would still like to have answered.

``The fact that the No. 1 suspect killed himself is the biggest thorn in this case,'' he said.

Thomas recalled the time he talked to Kentucky investigators who showed him a picture of Teague.

``I pulled out a picture of Kathern Fetzer and (the investigator) said they could be sisters,'' he said.

Below was arrested at his Evansville, Ind., home last November and taken to the police station there, where he was held for the Medina murder.

Medina investigators had always considered him a suspect in the 1991 murder of Fetzer and tracked him for years. Eventually, he confessed.

At that same time, he was questioned about the Teague case.

Questioned in case

Evansville police Detective Brent Melton said that while booking Below, he suggested that Below might consider telling Kentucky State Police what he knew about Teague's disappearance.

``He never denied it,'' Melton said. ``He never said he didn't do it.''

Another factor that drew investigators' attention to Below was an inquiry made in September through attorney Robert Campbell, who represented Below in Medina. The question: whether Below could serve his time in the ``Kentucky case'' at the same time as in the Fetzer case.

Campbell, who no longer represents Below, said Thursday that Below steadfastly denied to him any involvement in Teague's disappearance.

``Chris Below always denied any involvement in that case in Kentucky,'' he said. ``Any conversation that might have occurred about concurrent time was lawyers negotiating and should not be construed in any way as an admission.''

Although investigators are still trying to piece together Below's potential involvement, Thomas said they have already been able to confirm that Teague, the man who committed suicide and Below all frequented the same Kentucky bar near the beach and had some friends in common.

And investigators have been able to confirm, Thomas said, that Below would frequent the beach where Teague disappeared to drink and do drugs.

On a recent day, the beach looked nothing like it did when Teague was abducted.

The banks have eroded and it is now overgrown with vegetation. The Ohio River has swelled over its banks, covering the beach area where Teague was sunbathing and where a metal cross marks the spot where she was dragged into the woods.

Below, a native of Lorain County, moved frequently over the years, Thomas said, including stays in Northeast Ohio, where he worked for a temporary agency. He met Fetzer at work. The two were having an affair when Below killed her three days before Thanksgiving in 1991.

And like Teague, Fetzer's body was never found.

Loss of her daughter

For Heather Teague's mother, Sarah, the loss of her daughter has been hard enough, but with no body there's no end to the questions.

Sarah Teague, who has been an outspoken critic of Kentucky investigators, has worked for years to keep her daughter's memory alive through frequent press conferences, billboards and even stringing lavender ribbons from trees.

Her modest home, situated about 50 miles from where Heather disappeared, is a virtual shrine to her lost daughter.

Sarah Teague keeps everything from her daughter's old clothes to newspaper clippings to poster-sized montages of the missing woman that were used at press conferences.

News that there might be a new suspect, Sarah Teague said, offers some validation of her contention that the man investigators originally zeroed in on had something to do with the disappearance, but did not act alone.

``I'm convinced (he) knew something,'' she said of the man who committed suicide. ``I'm just not convinced he did it.''

And after years of riding an emotional roller coaster, Sarah said, she knows she will have answers in ``God's time.''

``There's just a part of me that is gone,'' she said. ``She was my breath. She was my life.

``I miss her so much.''

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« Reply #17 on: Nov 14th, 2004, 6:26pm »

A hot lead Friday night in a cold tri-state case.

Heather Teague disappeared while sunbathing on Newburgh Beach in Henderson County nine years ago. Now, Kentucky State Police are taking a closer look at someone they're calling "a person of interest."

Kentucky state police say a Henderson native who is currently behind bars for killing a young woman in Ohio, has become a person of interest in the Teague case. They say there have been many "people of interest" in the Heather Teague case over the course of the nine year investigation.

One stands out in particular because of his violent past and his whereabouts at the time of Heather's disappearance. Only a detective in Ohio was willing to go on record to talk about the possible connection.

It took a detective in Medina, Ohio twelve years to get a Henderson, Kentucky native to confess to the murder of a young woman named Kathern Fetzer. It took another year to bring that man to justice. But this detective says his work is not over.

Through a telescope across the Ohio River, an eyewitness says he watched a man come out of the woods behind Newburgh Beach and drag 23-year-old Heather Teague away at gunpoint. She was never heard from again.

Four years earlier and 450 miles away in Medina, Ohio, 26-year-old Kathern Fetzer left a note for her husband that said she was feeling restless and needed to go to the mall. She was never heard from again.

The investigation led to Christopher Below, originally from Henderson, Kentucky. He was living near Medina at the time and working with Fetzer at a factory. He was reportedly having an affair with her too, but denied any involvement in her disappearance.

Medina City Police Detective Scott Thomas didn't believe it. Over the next twelve years, Detective Thomas continued to track down and re-question Below as he moved from state to state.

In the fall of 2003, Below had returned to the tri-state, living in this home on Evansville's west side with a woman and her five children. Evansville police detectives joined detective Thomas on November 18th, when they knocked on the door and asked Below to come downtown to talk about an unrelated case.

Inside, Detective Thomas confronted Below with new evidence in the Kathern Fetzer disappearance and Below finally confessed to shooting her.

He was eventually extradited to Ohio where he made a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter and is currently serving eleven to 18 years in prison.

Through it all, Fetzer's body was never recovered.

Below would have got less time if he would have led police to the woman's body, but all he would tell them is that she would never be found.

Detective Thomas says he doesn't believe Below disposed of her body in a dumpster as he initially confessed. He says in the past, Below had bragged to friends that he knew how to "get rid of bodies" and his philosophy was "no body -- no crime."

Those statements prompted the detective to start looking at other missing persons cases, especially those whose physical descriptions were similar to Kathern Fetzer's. And that's when he started looking into the disappearance of Heather Teague.

Detective Thomas says Below would have had the opportunity for involvement, because he was living in Henderson in August of 1995, when she vanished.

And since Henderson is where Below grew up, it's likely he knew the only suspect in the case, Marty Dill.

Newburgh resident Tim Walthall has always contended Dill is the man he watched through a telescope drag Heather off the beach at gunpoint. Heather's mother Sarah has always suspected the composite sketch was drawn to match Dill's picture rather than the eye witnesses account of the actual gunman.

Whether Below is connected to Dill or the disappearance of Heather Teague is something investigators plan to ask him as he sits behind bars in an Ohio prison, serving an eleven to 18 year sentence for the death of Kathern Fetzer.

Detective Thomas says because Chris Below worked as a truck driver for some time, he may have ties to other missing person cases in other parts of the country too.

We will have more on this apparent development in this case in the days to come.
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« Reply #18 on: Nov 15th, 2004, 06:08am »

UPDATE, SUN 9PM: Newswatch is learning more about a "person of interest" in the nine-year old missing persons case of Heather Teague.

The information is coming out of Medina, Ohio. For more than a decade, Detective Scott Thomas and his colleagues have been investigating Christopher Below, a native of Henderson, Kentucky.

Last year, Thomas got Below to confess to the 1991 murder of his lover, Kathern Fetzer, for which he's currently serving time. But the detective suspects Below may have also harmed other women over the years who fit a certain profile.

Both Fetzer and Teague had long, dark hair, were around five feet tall, and weighed only 100 pounds.

Detective Thomas told Newswatch, "The Heather Teague case was interesting because, a) He's from the area. I was able to establish a time frame that he was in that area at the time and that shortly after her disappearance, he left the state of Kentucky."

Thomas says the more he dug into Below's life, the stranger it got. He calls the 39-year-old a pathological liar, a sociopath, and an extreme manipulator.

We will continue to follow this story on Newswatch at 5 and 6. We will bring you the exclusive interview with the Ohio detective who suspects Chris Below is the man who dragged Heather Teague off a beach in broad daylight, or may have played some other role in her disappearance.

EARLIER: A hot lead Friday night in a cold tri-state case.

Heather Teague disappeared while sunbathing on Newburgh Beach in Henderson County nine years ago. Now, Kentucky State Police are taking a closer look at someone they're calling "a person of interest."

Kentucky state police say a Henderson native who is currently behind bars for killing a young woman in Ohio, has become a person of interest in the Teague case. They say there have been many "people of interest" in the Heather Teague case over the course of the nine year investigation.

One stands out in particular because of his violent past and his whereabouts at the time of Heather's disappearance. Only a detective in Ohio was willing to go on record to talk about the possible connection.

It took a detective in Medina, Ohio twelve years to get a Henderson, Kentucky native to confess to the murder of a young woman named Kathern Fetzer. It took another year to bring that man to justice. But this detective says his work is not over.

Through a telescope across the Ohio River, an eyewitness says he watched a man come out of the woods behind Newburgh Beach and drag 23-year-old Heather Teague away at gunpoint. She was never heard from again.

Four years earlier and 450 miles away in Medina, Ohio, 26-year-old Kathern Fetzer left a note for her husband that said she was feeling restless and needed to go to the mall. She was never heard from again.

The investigation led to Christopher Below, originally from Henderson, Kentucky. He was living near Medina at the time and working with Fetzer at a factory. He was reportedly having an affair with her too, but denied any involvement in her disappearance.

Medina City Police Detective Scott Thomas didn't believe it. Over the next twelve years, Detective Thomas continued to track down and re-question Below as he moved from state to state.

In the fall of 2003, Below had returned to the tri-state, living in this home on Evansville's west side with a woman and her five children. Evansville police detectives joined detective Thomas on November 18th, when they knocked on the door and asked Below to come downtown to talk about an unrelated case.

Inside, Detective Thomas confronted Below with new evidence in the Kathern Fetzer disappearance and Below finally confessed to shooting her.

UPDATE, SUN 9PM: Newswatch is learning more about a "person of interest" in the nine-year old missing persons case of Heather Teague.

The information is coming out of Medina, Ohio. For more than a decade, Detective Scott Thomas and his colleagues have been investigating Christopher Below, a native of Henderson, Kentucky.

Last year, Thomas got Below to confess to the 1991 murder of his lover, Kathern Fetzer, for which he's currently serving time. But the detective suspects Below may have also harmed other women over the years who fit a certain profile.

Both Fetzer and Teague had long, dark hair, were around five feet tall, and weighed only 100 pounds.

Detective Thomas told Newswatch, "The Heather Teague case was interesting because, a) He's from the area. I was able to establish a time frame that he was in that area at the time and that shortly after her disappearance, he left the state of Kentucky."

Thomas says the more he dug into Below's life, the stranger it got. He calls the 39-year-old a pathological liar, a sociopath, and an extreme manipulator.

We will continue to follow this story on Newswatch at 5 and 6. We will bring you the exclusive interview with the Ohio detective who suspects Chris Below is the man who dragged Heather Teague off a beach in broad daylight, or may have played some other role in her disappearance.

EARLIER: A hot lead Friday night in a cold tri-state case.

Heather Teague disappeared while sunbathing on Newburgh Beach in Henderson County nine years ago. Now, Kentucky State Police are taking a closer look at someone they're calling "a person of interest."

Kentucky state police say a Henderson native who is currently behind bars for killing a young woman in Ohio, has become a person of interest in the Teague case. They say there have been many "people of interest" in the Heather Teague case over the course of the nine year investigation.

One stands out in particular because of his violent past and his whereabouts at the time of Heather's disappearance. Only a detective in Ohio was willing to go on record to talk about the possible connection.

It took a detective in Medina, Ohio twelve years to get a Henderson, Kentucky native to confess to the murder of a young woman named Kathern Fetzer. It took another year to bring that man to justice. But this detective says his work is not over.

Through a telescope across the Ohio River, an eyewitness says he watched a man come out of the woods behind Newburgh Beach and drag 23-year-old Heather Teague away at gunpoint. She was never heard from again.

Four years earlier and 450 miles away in Medina, Ohio, 26-year-old Kathern Fetzer left a note for her husband that said she was feeling restless and needed to go to the mall. She was never heard from again.

The investigation led to Christopher Below, originally from Henderson, Kentucky. He was living near Medina at the time and working with Fetzer at a factory. He was reportedly having an affair with her too, but denied any involvement in her disappearance.

Medina City Police Detective Scott Thomas didn't believe it. Over the next twelve years, Detective Thomas continued to track down and re-question Below as he moved from state to state.

In the fall of 2003, Below had returned to the tri-state, living in this home on Evansville's west side with a woman and her five children. Evansville police detectives joined detective Thomas on November 18th, when they knocked on the door and asked Below to come downtown to talk about an unrelated case.

Inside, Detective Thomas confronted Below with new evidence in the Kathern Fetzer disappearance and Below finally confessed to shooting her.

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« Reply #19 on: Nov 16th, 2004, 06:31am »

Kentucky authorities will travel to Ohio to interview a former Henderson County resident in connection with the 1995 disappearance of Heather Teague.

Teague, a 23-year-old Webster County resident, was kidnapped from Newburgh Beach on Aug. 26, 1995, while she was sunbathing. An Indiana man watching the beach through a telescope that day told authorities he saw a man grab her by the hair and drag her from the riverbank into a wooded area a few yards away.

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« Reply #20 on: Nov 16th, 2004, 12:52pm »

An Ohio detective may have stumbled on a break in the disappearance of a Tri-state woman.

Heather Teague was last seen nine years ago, sunbathing along an Ohio River beach. An eyewitness says he saw a man drag her off at gunpoint. Now, the Ohio detective's wondering if that man or one of his accomplices was Chris Below, a Henderson Kentucky native who's already behind bars for the murder of a young woman in Ohio.

We've known about Heather Teague for nearly a decade. Folks in Ohio are just finding out about her now. Front page news this past weekend in the Akron Beacon Journal asks if Heather is the second of Chris Below's murder victims. A detective says it's possible based on what he was able to uncover about this man.

Detective Scott Thomas of the Medina, Ohio Police Department says, "Mr. Below is the type of person that if you give him avenues of lying, he will always take them...He sold himself as a southern gentleman....When you looked into Chris Below's eyes, you saw nothing but darkness....He's an extreme manipulator."

Detective Thomas took over the eleven year old Kathern Fetzer missing persons case in 2002. The retiring detective had always suspected she was murdered by her lover, but could never prove it. So, Detective Thomas started digging up everything he could on this prime suspect, Chris Below. "The more I dug, the more it was... Strange, to be quite honest."

The investigation took him to western Kentucky, where Below graduated from Union County High School in 1985. He liked reading true crime books, his favorite: "Abandoned Prayers", which chronicles the story of Eli Stutzman, a former Amish farmer in Ohio who was suspected of killing five homosexual lovers, not to mention his wife and young son.

Detective Thomas says Below would never admit to it, but he too had a secret sex life that involved multiple partners of both genders. Women especially were drawn to him, though his feelings for them appear to be contemptuous, based on the tattoo on his chest. Thomas says, "You can't see it very well, but it's a picture of two women and you know what it represents? It represents, this is what women look like, and it's a dark-haired woman, pretty, when you need them, and then the other one has fangs and he says they turn into blood-sucking whores."

Pictures recovered from one of Below's five ex-wives also show him wearing a ring Detective Thomas thinks is too small for him. He says investigators always look for items killers may take from their victims as trophies. "I have yet to find the owners of the jewelry."

He never did find the ring Kathern Fetzer used to wear. But by the time he confronted Below in November of 2003, he didn't need it. Below was living in Evansville, when officers brought him downtown to question him about an accusation that he had molested his niece.

When they were done, Detective Thomas walked into the interrogation room. "He didn't know I was a detective from Medina, and when I told him and that I was there to charge him with the aggravated murder of Kathern Fetzer, that the game was over, he almost fell out of his chair."

Without a body, Detective Thomas knew he would need a confession, but Below was not about to just hand over one. Because he did so much homework on Below before that interrogation, Thomas was able to close off all those avenues where Below could potentially lie. It took four hours, but Detective Thomas did finally get Below to tell him he shot Fetzer in his apartment in Medina County, Ohio. "His quote was he's screwed in the head, but he's really a good guy. So, in his mind, he believed that, but I believe he wouldn't have confessed unless he knew he had no way out."

Detective Thomas's main objective was to get Below to reveal where he had disposed of Fetzer's body. He said he had thrown it in a dumpster, but the detective didn't buy it.

A friend of Below's said he once bragged about knowing how "to get rid of bodies" by burying them in a shallow grave and putting lime on top, or feeding them to hogs, which will eat everything, including clothing and bone. Thomas says, "That's pretty horrendous to think about throwing a body in a hog pen and most people don't want to think that people are capable of doing that, but unfortunately they are." He says it's possible that's what happened to Fetzer.

Four hundred fifty miles away in western Kentucky, it's also a possibility that's come up in the Heather Teague case. Detective Thomas says Below is a "person of interest" in the Teague case because he's from the area and was there when she disappeared. Shortly after, he moved away.

Fetzer and Teague also bear a strong resemblance to each other, both around five feet tall and weighing a hundred pounds. Thomas says, "We believe that the victims, there was something about his victimization, people that he chose to control and dominate and that is a domination and a control. Are there similar ones out there? We want to look to see if he was ever in those areas."

Thomas wouldn't say how many other missing persons cases he's looking into, and he can say little else about the Teague case because he doesn't want to step on the toes of the Kentucky State Police. What he does want is information from the people of Kentucky, anyone who may have known Below. "If he was involved, we certainly want to get to the bottom of it. I can guarantee you I won't stop. That won't happen. It's not in me. It's not in me and I can't."

The only motive that Detective Thomas could get out of Below for killing Kathern Fetzer was that she played "head games" and he didn't like it. And since he suspects Below is involved in the Heather Teague case, I asked him to speculate on a possible motive.

He answered me with one word: sex. He didn't really elaborate on that other than to say much of what Below did was motivated by his strong sex drive.

So about these other missing person cases, does the detective think we have a serial killer on our hands? Detective Thomas would not go that far, but he did say FBI profilers believe he has many of the traits of a serial killer.
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« Reply #21 on: Nov 17th, 2004, 11:13am »

The only eyewitness to the abduction of Heather Teague weighs in on the new developments in this case.

Since Friday, we've been telling you exclusively about 39-year-old Chris Below, a Henderson native who's in prison for killing his lover in Ohio and hiding her body. Below is now considered a "person of interest" in the Heather Teague missing persons case.

But is Below the gunman seen on the beach with Heather nine years ago? The only witness to her abduction says "no," it was someone else.

Medina Ohio Police Detective Scott Thomas has been investigating the Heather Teague case with the help of Evansville Detective Brent Melton who once questioned Below on an unrelated case. Both investigators believe there's plenty of circumstantial evidence tying Below to the crime, the only eyewitness isn't so sure they have their man.

It was nine years ago that Tim Walthall was looking through a telescope out his front window and saw a man come out of the woods on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River and drag Heather Teague away at gunpoint. But he says, it may as well have been yesterday.

Tim Walthall explained, "If I'm wrong then I'm sorry for it, but when you see something like I saw and it's instilled in your memory banks, then you don't forget it. That is the individual and there is certain things that I saw that lead me to believe it was the individual Mr. Dill."

The abduction happened on a Saturday. On Monday, Walthall and a sketch artist came up with a composite. Three days later, he says police showed him a picture of Marvin Dill.

As far as accusations that the composite was drawn from the picture rather than the actual sighting, Walthall commented, "That's false. We didn't even know who the person was when I gave the description. All we knew was I saw a guy take a girl off a beach and that was all."

But what if that guy wasn't Marvin Dill? It's a theory being explored by Detective Thomas and Detective Melton.

The investigators believe a video taken by a farmer surveying crop damage, holds the key. The farmer catches both Dill's red and white Bronco and Heather's car on videotape.

The investigators suspect Dill is behind the wheel of the Bronco and Heather is in the bed of the truck. They believe she had to have been naked because her bathing suit was later found on the beach. The investigators say it appears Heather's car is being ransacked, and the person who is doing it is hiding from the camera, most likely to the right of the car where the corn stalks had been crushed down.

The investigators speculate that Dill drove the Bronco while someone else assaulted Heather in the back. And they believe that someone is Chris Below.

The detectives have shown Tim Walthall pictures of Below and he says his torso does resemble the gunman's.

Walthall said, "The body features particularly were similar, but that's all and I told Scott and this is important, that I still would not change my story and that the person that I saw on the beach that day, still to me is the person that I identified and that's Mr. Dill."

He says it is possible Below served as an accomplice in the crime, he could have easily been waiting near the Bronco. But he maintains, as he has for nine years, that Marvin Dill was the man who dragged Heather off the beach.

Dill committed suicide before police could question him.

The detectives don't feel that enough is being made of Below, so they are going to continue to investigate him just in case, they say that Tim Walthall is wrong.

A newspaper reported that Tim Rascoe, Kentucky State Police lead investigator for this case, thinks too much is being made of the Chris Below connection. We have called Detective Rascoe several times, but he has not yet returned out calls.

If you missed the original story on the "Person of Interest," click here.

If you missed the exclusive interview with Ohio Detective Scott Thomas, click here.

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« Reply #23 on: Dec 2nd, 2004, 12:02pm »

Not many people know this, but Heather Teague had some writings prior to her disappearance that could almost make one believe she knew something bad was about to happen. I wanted to share this article from The National Center for Missing Adults. I also wanted to tell Heather's mom (a dear friend of mine), that I look forward to the new article that is print later this week.
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More than Just a Poster Child
In a poem written sometime before she disappeared, Heather Teague describes herself as being a poster child, however, she is more than just another face on a missing person poster. She graduated as valedictorian of her 8th grade class and in her first year of high school, she was earned the title of Prom Queen, which is very unusual for a freshman. As a sophomore in high school, she was voted President of her class and the next year, in what had to be a close competition, Heather became the first runner-up in the Junior Miss Pageant. With the variety of accomplishments Heather had during high school, it should be no surprise that she was also awarded a 4-year scholarship to Western Kentucky University.

Because of her insightfulness and perspective toward life, Heather takes the time to listen to others and their problems. However, it upset her when she noticed not everyone gives the same attention to others and she warns that “Pity spent discriminately is still prejudice!". Despite this, she still sees the world in wonder and amazement which can be seen in the writings she did before she disappeared:

Heather wrote this while she was on the beach the day she disappeared...
“Every footprint can be heard here. Alone with an amplified ear is the VISITOR
In skin’s eyes wondering
Which shoulder to look over and how high to jump, Dear
Watson? I presume rotten sockets are buried in (this) dirt with peace in a box.”

“Do you have a watch on me? How do they tell time without sunshine? What do they see 2X with one light nobody (NO BODY) to compare to.”


I Am Learning
I am learning…
I will stand. I will fall.
I will feel embarrassed, happy, mad, scared...everything
I preach not to judge a long-haired hippie until you know him.
How can I denounce anger as 'bad' until I 'know' it?
I have to feel what it makes me feel.

Be consistent
Day by day
Clay to bone and flesh to clay
Live and learn and love and pray
to understand the words I say.
Let me grow along the way, change my mind and be O.K.

Though I may fall along the way
I will try to live a lesson everyday.
Though I have many roles to play
The decisions that I make today
will decorate my yesterday...Someday!
Survive I will and someday say...
It was I who chose my way.

Family and friends miss her very much and continue to wonder, “Where is Heather?” on the website dedicated to her at www.whereisheather.us or www.geocities.com/WhereIsHeatherTeague for more information on Heather’s circumstances of disappearance, please see her profile at by following this link, where you can download a printable poster.

http://www.theyaremissed.org/gallery/profiled/heather_teague/
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xx Person of Interest in Teague Case Questioned in SC
« Reply #24 on: Dec 4th, 2004, 9:24pm »

There is new information about a Henderson native being investigated in the case of Heather Teague.

Last month, Newswatch reporter Shannon Samson broke the story of Chris Below, currently serving time in Ohio for murder. The detective in that case also named Below as a person of interest in the abduction of Heather Teague in 1995.

Friday night we learned Below's now being looked at in another missing person's case. This time in South Carolina.

South Carolina resident Kristina Porco was only 16 when she disappeared on November 29th, 1986.

Lieutenant Bob Bromage of Beaufort County, South Carolina Sheriff's Department, inherited the cold case from fellow detectives in 1999.

Lt. Bromage explained, "Kristina Porco walked away from her residence in Hilton Head Island after having a domestic dispute with her parents. She had made a phone call at a public pay phone across the street at a supermarket and essentially was never heard from again."

But it wasn't until 2003 that he would get a significant lead, a call from Medina, Ohio Police Detective Scott Thomas.

He called to say he'd been going through some items seized from an apartment that belonged to Christopher Below. Among his things was a Kristina Porco missing persons flyer. It was a red flag for Detective Thomas, who was about to charge Below with the murder of his former lover Kathern Fetzer.

Lt. Bromage said, "When they were conducting the investigation into Kathern Fetzer, they came across these belongings and in these belongings was a missing persons flyer of Kristina Porco, so obviously it warranted further investigation on my part at that point."

Below is also a "person of interest" in the Heather Teague missing persons case. Below, a 1985 Union County High School graduate, was in western Kentucky on August 26th, 1995 when Heather disappeared. Within days, he moved out of state.

Plus, investigators believe the cases may be related because the three women bear a striking resemblance to one another. They got Below to confess to the murder of Fetzer, but he would not tell him where he put her body. Teague and Porco have never surfaced either, alive or dead.

Lt. Bromage said, "Kathern Fetzer, her body has not been found so there are similarities. And Kristina Porco, if she's alive there's been no contact with her so we have to investigate it as a homicide at this point, although there has been no body found or anything like that."

Last week, Lieutenant Bromage questioned Below about Porco's disappearance in an Ohio prison where he's serving 11-18 years for killing Fetzer. The investigator says he obtained details about Below's background and expects to either eliminate or name him as a suspect within the next few weeks.

Lieutenant Bromage says he's trying to find evidence that Below was in the Hilton Head, South Carolina area in the fall of 1986, when Kristina Porco went missing.

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xx Police Search for More Clues in Heather Teague
« Reply #25 on: Dec 19th, 2004, 08:50am »

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There is a new development in a story we've been reporting exclusively on Newswatch.

Detectives executed a search warrant in an Evansville home last week that may have implications in the nine year old Heather Teague missing persons case.

Last Wednesday, Detective Scott Thomas from the Medina, Ohio Police Department joined Evansville Police in the execution of a search warrant at a home on Sorenson Avenue on the city's west side. It's where the fiancee of Chris Below is living.

Investigators were looking for a lock box containing material that connects Below to some cases of missing or murdered women, including Heather Teague.

Thirty-nine-year-old western Kentucky native, Christopher Below, is currently serving time in prison after confessing to the 1991 murder of his former lover, Kathern Fetzer in Medina, Ohio. He never told authorities where to find her body.

In the search warrant affidavit for Below's fiancee's home, detectives say they believe Below is possibly involved in the 1995 disappearance and assumed murder of Heather Teague.

They say Below was living in the Henderson area at the time and abruptly moved away right after Teague disappeared. They say Below had been living near the original suspect in the case, Marty Dill, who committed suicide before police could question him.

The only witness in the case, Tim Walthall, maintains to this day that it was Marty Dill he saw through a telescope, drag Teague off the beach at gunpoint.

But detectives say in the affidavit that Walthall has identified Below in three different photographic line-ups as the person he possibly saw on the beach that day. The document also mentions evidence relating to Below's shoe size and his distinctive posture.

Besides the Teague case, investigators searched for evidence linking below to the unsolved murder of Andrea Hendrix-Steinert, a 28-year-old Evansville woman with a history of prostitution. She was found nude and strangled in a Gibson County ditch in 1997.

The affidavit also mentions a missing persons case in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Earlier this month, Newswatch confirmed that it's the case of Kristina Porco, a teenager who made a phone call from a supermarket pay phone in 1986 and was never seen again.

And now, Piqua, Ohio Detectives say they're trying to connect Below to the missing persons case of Shaylene Farrell. The 18-year-old disappeared in 1994, after leaving the house to run an errand. Her car was found in the parking lot of a supermarket where she worked.

Detectives find it interesting that the victims all resemble each other and are in the same age group. They say they can place Below at some of the crime scenes and speculate his travels as a truck driver may have put him at the others.

Chris Below's sisters were the ones who had told detectives they had seen him with a lock box full of information about missing females. Investigators say it's common for kidnappers or mass murderers to keep such things to serve as trophies. The search warrant executed last week did not turn up a lock box, but investigators were able to find evidence they say is helping them build a case against Below.

Of all those women, Andrea Hendrix is the only one whose body has been found. Detectives only think Below was involved in this case because Hendrix looks like the other victims. Luckily, there is DNA evidence that will either rule him out or implicate him. It will be tested soon.
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« Reply #26 on: Dec 28th, 2004, 06:59am »

Nov. 16 -- Ten years after the disappearance of Heather Teague, law enforcement authorities began pursuing a new lead in conjunction with officials in Medina, Ohio, investigating a similar disappearance there.

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xx Timeline of events in Below case
« Reply #27 on: Feb 14th, 2005, 08:22am »

Posted on Mon, Feb. 14, 2005





Timeline of events in Below case

Beacon Journal staff report


1990 -- Christopher Below moves to Ohio to be closer to his truck-driving routes.

Summer 1991 -- Below begins an affair with Kathern Fetzer, a married Medina woman.

Fall 1991 -- Fetzer has second thoughts about the affair. Below buys a.380-caliber pistol Nov. 9, 1991, at a Medina gun show.

Nov. 26, 1991 -- Kathern Fetzer disappears and is reported missing by her husband, Michael Fetzer. Her locked, abandoned car is found the next day south of Lodi.

August 1994 -- Below moves back to Henderson, Ky.

July 1995 -- Below moves to Mount Vernon, Ga., with Helen, his fourth wife,but returns to Kentucky two weeks later.

Aug. 26, 1995 -- Heather Teague is abducted from Newburgh Beach in Kentucky along the Ohio River. Three days later, Below abruptly leaves the area and heads back to Georgia.

1996 to 2000 -- Below lives in Georgia and works as a truck driver traveling to North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana.

August 2002 -- Medina Detective Scott Thomas notices similarities between the disappearances of Kathern Fetzer and Heather Teague.

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xx Vanishing Point
« Reply #28 on: Feb 14th, 2005, 08:27am »

Day 2: The Dark Secrets of Christopher Below


Vanishing Point

After Heather Teague disappeared along the Ohio River in 1995, police thought they had solved her murder. Then they heard about Christopher Below.

By Craig Webb and Gina Mace

Beacon Journal writers


HENDERSON, KY. - Tim Walthall never met Heather Teague.

Yet their lives intersected on a warm, sunny day in August 1995 in a horrifying moment that passed without significance to anybody in faraway Medina County, Ohio.

It was a perfect day for the blue-eyed, long-haired former beauty queen to find a secluded spot to work on her tan.

She parked her red compact car at Newburgh Beach on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River near Henderson and walked through a stand of willow trees and down a steep bank, plunking her chaise longue along the water's edge.

Alone with the sounds of the river pushing over the nearby dam, the slender 23-year-old removed her cutoff shorts, placed them by her shoes on the sand, and lay down on her stomach, loosening her bikini top.

In Indiana, across the wide expanse of river, Tim Walthall, the owner of a metal fabricating company, had strolled over to a wall of windows in his spacious riverfront home. His wife was busy making hamburgers for lunch.

Walthall had noticed that the thermals -- the visible air waves created by the differences in air and river temperatures -- were nonexistent that day.

So he picked up his binoculars to take advantage of the clear view a mile or so across the river and spotted four ATV riders, making their way over the sand dunes on the distant shore.

Walthall remembered watching them as they cleared a dune not far from the remote spot where a young woman could be seen sunbathing.

As the last of the vehicles turned away from the beach, though, Walthall also caught a glimpse of something peculiar: Somebody's head popped up from a clump of high, dense weeds about 15 feet behind the woman.

Walthall watched -- as did the man in the weeds -- as the ATVs passed from sight.

Puzzled by what he was seeing, Walthall opted to get his more powerful telescope for a better view of the long-haired, bearded man as he inched his way toward the unsuspecting woman.

Walthall said the man would take five to six steps then crouch again in the weeds.

"I told my wife, 'Someone's stalking that woman,' '' Walthall remembered. "I thought maybe it was her boyfriend trying to scare her.''

Still not fully comprehending what was unfolding before his eyes, Walthall said, he saw the man take four or five giant steps, kneel by the woman, and put his arm across her back -- a move that triggered a sudden struggle.

For a moment, Walthall thought perhaps the sunbather knew the man because she stopped resisting briefly when it appeared he was talking to her. But his worst fears came to be when the man grabbed the woman's long brown hair, twisted it around his hand three times, pulled her head back and yanked her off the chair.

Her top fell off, Walthall said, and in her skirmish to retrieve it, he could see that the man had a small silver revolver.

Suddenly, Walthall was stunned not only by the gravity of the moment, but by the frustration of his predicament: Being in Indiana while witnessing a crime taking place across the Ohio River in Kentucky.

He watched helplessly as the woman -- eventually identified as Heather Teague -- was led away from the river and into some underbrush.

As the bushes on the distant shore shook back and forth marking the spot where she struggled, Walthall pleaded with an Indiana State Police dispatcher to give him a phone number so he could alert Kentucky police.

Then came his challenge to persuade Kentucky authorities that they had an emergency on their watch.

All told, it was 26 minutes before Kentucky State Police arrived at the beach and by then the woman and her abductor were gone.

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Day 2: Cast of characters in Below case

Beacon Journal staff report


Christopher Below: A Lodi man who had an affair with 26-year-old Kathern Fetzer before her disappearance in November 1991.

Heather Teague: A 23-year-old former cheerleader last seen struggling with a man Aug. 26, 1995, on a beach along the Ohio River near Henderson, Ky.

Tim Walthall: An Indiana businessman who witnessed the 1995 abduction of a young woman -- later identified as Heather Teague -- through a high-powered telescope across the Ohio River.

Marvin "Marty" Ray Dill: A Kentucky man who killed himself as police closed in to question him about Heather Teague's abduction.

David Shows: A Medina detective, now retired, who became convinced Christopher Below was a killer and tracked him for 11 years as he moved about the country.

Kathern Fetzer: A Medina factory worker who vanished Nov. 26, 1991, after telling her husband she was restless and going to a mall.

Scott Thomas: A Medina detective who took over the department's decade-old investigation of Kathern Fetzer's disappearance when Detective David Shows retired in 2002.
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