Thursday, November 15 2012, 09:50 PM CST
Detectives think a crack in one cold case will break another
By Caitlin Conrad/KTVL.com
MCCLOUD, Calif -- The Siskiyou County Sheriff's office say they think they've hit a big break in a 15-year-old cold case and they're hoping some more hard work will crack another.
The Sheriff's office made an arrest Thursday in a murder case. Deputies took 67-year-old Ed Henline Sr. into custody. Detectives think he is the man responsible for the disappearance of 15-year-old Hannah Zaccaglini.
Sheriff John Lopey says Henline is also a person of interest in a second cold case, involving the disappearance of 27-year-old Karin Mero.
Lopey says when detectives re-opened the cold cases earlier this year they thought the two disappearances were connected.
Zaccaglini went missing on June 27, 1997, Mero disappeared just a few months earlier in February. Both women were last seen in the presence of Henlin and are both from the McCloud area.
Lopey says multiple agencies and a hardworking team of detectives at the sheriff's office have spent a lot of time gathering new evidence to make the arrest.
The sheriff says a series of interviews helped them nail down Henline as a suspect. The 67-year-old was family friends of Zaccaglini.
Right now Henline remains a person of interest in the Mero case. However, Lopey says the district attorney's office is reviewing the case, to see if there is enough evidence to file charges in the Mero murder too.
Henline's son was dating Mero at the time of her disappearance. Lopey says the suspect got himself into trouble, shortly after Mero disappeared, because he was cashing the missing woman's checks.
The bodies of the two missing women have never been found. Lopey says police do believe Henline murdered both women .
The Sheriff says he thinks the suspect perpetrated the crime alone but he also believes people in McCloud are and were aware of the murders.