Spring Grove woman's killer was a neighbor who wanted to be more than friends, police say

Written by Kaitlin Greenockle/The Hanover Evening Sun | Dec 18, 2017 6:42 PM

Samantha Stein, a Spring Grove resident, poses for a selfie with family members. (Photo: Submitted)

(Undated) -- A man accused of stabbing a Spring Grove woman to death Saturday told investigators he had wanted more than a friendship with her and that he had gone to her home to steal items, according to charging documents filed by police.  

Southwestern Regional Police were dispatched to the first block of North Main Street in Spring Grove at 7:14 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, for a report of a deceased woman, identified as 24-year-old Samantha Stein.

Stein's fiance found her - stabbed multiple times and unresponsive - when he returned home from work, according to an affidavit filed with District Judge Thomas Reilly.

Raymond William Heck, 59, also of the first block of North Main Street, has been charged for killing Stein, the affidavit states.

Police made contact with Stein's fiance at the scene, where they observed Samantha Stein with traumatic injuries, deceased and in the home.

Through the investigation, police discovered Stein had befriended Heck, but she started to limit their communication and he persisted contacting her, police said in the affidavit.

Nearby surveillance footage showed a person entering Stein's home in the early morning hours Dec. 16. The person was wearing dark clothing, gloves and light colored shoes with a stripe on the side, the affidavit states.

The person was also seen on the footage exiting the home carrying a black box and a large trash bag.

On Dec. 16, police spoke with people who know Heck and they told police he has lived near Stein for about 8 months to a year and that they had a friendship. 

Heck allegedly indicated to Stein that he hoped for something more than just a friendship with her, police said in the affidavit.

On Dec. 16 and 17, police searched the area and found a knife, items from Stein's home and a bag of blood-stained clothing, which matched the clothing found in the surveillance footage, the affidavit states.

Heck was taken into custody on Dec. 17 and he agreed to talk with police. He gave police a statement about his friendship with Stein and told them he did enter her home early in the morning on Dec. 16, police said in the affidavit.

Heck also told police he had a knife with him and went into her home to steal property. Heck said while he was in the house, he inadvertently woke up Stein, which ended in a scuffle, and he cut her with the knife.

Heck told police he took items from the home, and he told them where he discarded them. Police recovered the stolen items and the bloody clothing where Heck said he left them, the affidavit states.

Stein's autopsy Monday morning revealed her cause of death was multiple sharp force trauma and her manner of death was homicide, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Heck was charged with criminal homicide, burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, according to online court documents. He is in York County Prison without bail, documents state.

Heck's attorney information is not yet listed.

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

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