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Spring Grove murder: Suspect's son called police, thought father 'could be responsible'

Written by Kaitlin Greenockle/The Hanover Evening Sun | Dec 21, 2017 1:54 PM
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Samantha Stein, a Spring Grove resident, poses for a selfie with family members.(Photo: Submitted)

(Undated) -- After the murder of Samantha Stein, police were able to locate a suspect within the first 24 hours because of the 'courage' of a concerned family member.

Ray Heck Jr. contacted police on Dec. 16 and said that he believed his father, Raymond Heck Sr., could be responsible for Stein's death, according to a search warrant.

On Dec. 16, police were dispatched to the first block of North Main Street in Spring Grove Borough at about 7 a.m. for a report of a 24-year-old woman who was found stabbed in her home.

Heck Jr. told police that Heck Sr. had been living with him and his wife for about eight months to a year, and he knew about the friendship between Stein and Heck Sr.

"His phone call to us was the first to give us Heck Sr.'s name," said Southwestern Regional Police Chief Gregory Bean.

Heck Sr. referred to Stein as "his girl" and would make statements that indicated that he liked Stein in a romantic way, the search warrant states.

Police learned that Stein had befriended Heck Sr., and he would sometimes walk her to the bus stop. He then started to drop off gifts for her at her home, where Stein lived with her fiancé.

Stein's fiancé, Allen Sena, didn't appreciate Heck Sr. bringing her gifts so Stein blocked Heck Sr. on Facebook Messenger. He continued to contact her by using friends or family members' accounts, police said in the search warrant.

Sena told police he found Stein stabbed several times and unresponsive in the living room on the first floor when he got home from work.

Police spoke with Sena's employer, who confirmed that Sena was at work and did not leave until his shift ended. 

Police were also told that Heck Sr. had made statements in the past about committing the "perfect murder." He had previously talked about killing Heck Jr.'s mother and another man.

Heck Jr. also told police that he had some fishing equipment in his father's room, which included two filet knives and a hunting knife. He said he also saw his father taking several bags out of the house between 10 p.m. Dec. 15 and 5 a.m. Dec. 16, the search warrant states.

This seemed suspicious to Heck Jr. because his father made two trips and seemed to be hiding a smaller bag.

"He had no idea that his father was capable of that," Bean said.

Police then searched Spring Grove Borough and found a filet knife in a dumpster near the Heck home, which appeared to have blood on the blade and handle, police said in the search warrant.

On Dec. 17, police interviewed Heck Jr. again and showed him a photo of the knife they found. He told police that it looked like the knife he had seen on his father's window sill and that "it does match."

"Heck Jr. was nothing but helpful, and that took a lot of courage," Bean said. 

Police continued to search the rear of the Heck home where they found a black trash bag of dark clothing, dark gloves and white shoes with a navy stripe. All the items appeared to be blood-stained and were found in a muddy creek embankment, the search warrant states.

Neighbors provided police with with their surveillance footage, which showed a person entering Stein's home at about 1:20 a.m. and then leaving at about 2:09 a.m. The person in the video was wearing dark clothing, a hooded top, dark gloves and light colored shoes with a dark stripe, police said in the search warrant.

Heck Sr. was charged with criminal homicide, burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, according to online court documents.

He was taken to York County Prison without bail on Dec. 18 and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 10, documents state.

His attorney information is not listed.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The Hanover Evening Sun.

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