Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
On Easter Sunday, April 3, 1994, Heidi Allen was working alone as a cashier at the D&W Convenience Store, located at the intersection of State Routes 104 and 104B in the Oswego County Town of New Haven, New York State. She opened the store at about 5:45 a.m. and managed the store routinely for approximately 2 hours, with nothing out of the ordinary occurring.
Her jacket, purse and car keys were left behind in the store when she vanished, her maroon station wagon was undisturbed in the parking lot, and money was found in the cash register and on the counter.
The last cash register transaction was recorded at 7:42 a.m., and a customer, concerned because he couldn't locate a salesclerk, flagged down a sheriff's patrol car at 7:58 a.m.
Richard Thibodeau, 48, of New Haven, and Gary Thibodeau, 40, of Mexico, were charged with second-degree kidnapping in her disappearance. Richard Thibodeau told investigators Heidi sold him two packs of generic cigarettes. He is the last person investigators know of who saw Heidi in the store. The brothers were charged after a Oswego resident told sheriff's investigators he saw two men forcing a woman toward a van in the parking lot of the D&W Convenience store in New Haven on April 3.
Gary was convicted of the same charge he was arrested for kidnapping, 1st degree. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in the New York State correctional system. Richard was found not guilty in September 1995. Gary has since appealed his conviction to the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division. On Dec. 30, 1999, the five justices who heard the case unanimously upheld the conviction.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
Syracuse Herald American (NY) - Sunday, July 31, 1994