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Henderson Police seek info in 1996 cold-case slaying

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Updated: 6/19/2013 10:14 am
HENDERSON – The house where Diane Hietbrink was found slain in 1996 has long since been razed to make way for development. While the house may no longer stand, Henderson Police detectives and the woman’s son continue to search for her killer.

It was on Sept. 25, 1996, that Hietbrink, 58, was found in her home at 302 Nebraska St. Her husband had returned home about 5:15 p.m. and found her dead on the floor covered in blood. She died from multiple stab wounds.

“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. Nothing is going to bring her back.”

Last month Henderson Police resubmitted all the evidence in the case for additional DNA testing. Advances in technology will hopefully provide new clues in the case to help bring Hietbrink’s killer to justice.

Detectives and Hietbrink’s family are asking for the public’s help in this case. Many times a seemingly insignificant fact or observation can be the key piece of information that leads to solving the case.

“No murder case is ever closed until it is solved,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “We want to bring the killers to justice and we want to give the families of the victims some measure of closure. It is our hope that anyone who has any information in this case will come forward.”

A few witnesses in the area at the time of the murder said they saw a Hispanic man in his early 20s wearing a blue and white buttoned-down striped shirt leaving the area of the rear of the house and getting on a bus.

All unsolved murders in Henderson are reviewed to determine if new evidence can be found. Many times witnesses and those connected to the case are re-interviewed.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at (702) 267-4750 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit

Tips directly leading to an arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.

-- From news release



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