FBI returns to crime scene of 2 unsolved murders

FBI returns to crime scene of 2 unsolved murders
Kathryn Menendez (Source: FBI)
Kathryn Menendez (Source: FBI)
Sarah Rae Boehm (Source: FBI)
Sarah Rae Boehm (Source: FBI)

ALLIANCE, OH (WOIO) - The FBI is re-opening two cold case murders involving teenage girls.

Authorities returned Friday to Berlin Lake Wildlife area, where the bodies of two teenage girls were found in 1994.

"We want to get closure for the family. We want to find out who committed these heinous crimes and hold them accountable and give the families some closure," said Lt. Greg Johnson with the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

The FBI, along with the Alliance Police Department and Portage County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in the unsolved murder of Kathryn Menendez and Sarah Rae Boehm.

Kathryn, 17, was last seen on August 21, 1994 in the Alliance area. Her body was found four days later near the Berlin Reservoir on an oil well access road. Kathryn was naked and had been strangled to death.

"She was found in a very secluded area down there. It was a very brutal murder," said Lt. Johnson.

Two months later, on November 4, 1994, another young female's body, also nude, was found about a half-mile from Kathryn's remains. This second female remained unidentified until 2003.

Through DNA records, the girl was identified Sarah Rae Boehm, 14. Sarah had been missing from the Beaver County, Pennsylvania area since July 14, 1994. Beaver County is a two hour drive from the Berlin, Ohio Reservoir area.

The Detective Bureau of the Beaver County District Attorney's Office, the Pittsburgh Division of the FBI, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have been investigating Sarah's disappearance since July 1994.

"There's somebody out there that's walking around that very well committed that crime," said Lt. Johnson.

Law enforcement continues to ask the public to report any information they may have regarding the disappearance and murder of either of these two teenagers to Alliance Police Department at 330-821-9140, Portage County Sheriff's Office at 330-296-5100 or the FBI at 216-522-1400.

Tips can remain anonymous and reward money is available for information leading to the successful identification and prosecution of the individual responsible for these murders.

The FBI is looking for DNA and other evidence to determine who killed the girls, and whether their deaths are related.

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