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Sarah Rae Boehm is a teenage girl who went missing from her hometown of Rochester Township, Pennsylvania on July 15, 1994. Her remains were found near Deerfield Township, Ohio on November 4, 1994 and identified on 2003.

Case

Sarah Boehm was a cheerleader and member of the band at her high school, called her mother around 10:30 PM saying she planned to stay at a friend's house which was in her neighborhood. Her mother reported her missing to Rochester Police Department after she missed a counselor meeting the next morning. Police initially thought she ran off, but her family and friends doubted this theory. Boehm was described as a good student who was quiet and reserved. The RTPD would work on the case between 1994 and 1999. In 1999, the Beaver County District Attorney’s office joined the investigation, and investigated leads, hundreds of them, from every state.

On November 4, 1994, hunters located a skeleton at the "Berlin Reservoir" within an Ohio State park near Deerfield Township, Ohio. The location is two hours from Rochester Township. The skeleton was recovered and was boxed up at the Cuyahoga County Coroner's office. In 2000, a now-retired Beaver County detective noted similarities between the skeleton and Boehm. The next year, the FBI obtained DNA from Boehm's mother and submitted the sample for lab testing. In 2003, the skeleton was identified belonging to Sarah Boehm.

Shortly after Boehm's disappearance, a seventeen year-old teenager named Kathryn Menendez disappeared from Beloit, Ohio on August 27, 1994. Menendez's nude body was found several days later by a gas company employee on an oil road near the "Berlin Reservoir." Menendez was raped, tortured, sexually mutilated, and strangled to death. Her body and Boehm's body would be found half a mile from each other. The FBI believes the cases could be connected.

Serial killer Larry DeWayne Hall has been speculated to be responsible for both murders. Hall is speculated to be responsible for the disappearances and murders of up to forty-five women during the 1980s and 1990s. Many of Hall's speculated victims were young women that were sexually mutilated and/or found near Civil War memorials. He is currently incarcerated at a North Carolina federal prison for the 1993 kidnapping and murder of Jessica Roach. He has not been charged for any other murders besides Roach's, however.

After her body was identified, Boehm was buried at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park in Rochester. To date, no one has been convicted for her homicide or Menendez's. They are being investigated by the FBI.

Characteristics

  • Blonde hair.
  • Blue eyes.
  • 5'5 to 5'6.
  • 110 to 120 pounds.
  • Scraped knee from a bicycle wreck.
  • Pierced ears with one traditional hole in each ear.

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