newstough call should pd have gone public with attack details

Tough call: Should PD have gone public with attack details?


I’d never before had the victim of a violent crime ask me this question: “Can you tell me why this story hasn’t been in the news yet?”

Heather Owens was the victim of a brutal Aug. 28 assault in the backyard of her Florence Avenue home. The case remains at this writing unsolved.

I met with Owens, the owner of a Downtown Waynesboro business, Natural Beauty Studio, on Tuesday to discuss the case and the ongoing investigation. The details as to the latest in the investigation are somewhat sketchy – she knows that investigators have sent DNA evidence collected at the scene to the state crime lab in Richmond for analysis and that several acquaintances and others that she had been in contact with the day of the incident have submitted DNA samples as part of the forensics investigation.

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