The murder of 21-year-old Heather Ciccone is a little closer to being solved, thanks to the latest developments surrounding the investigation into her death. NBC News reports that authorities in Spotsylvania County have located the cellphone belonging to the slain woman, and they’ve recovered evidence that is expected to bring this case to a close.
So what kind of evidence did investigators obtain from Heather’s cellphone? They are not specifying what kind of evidence they found, other than stating that they found “critical texts,” which have put them closer to making an arrest in her death. No suspects or persons of interest have been named in the senseless slaying of Heather Ciccone.
BREAKING: I have just learned police have recovered Heather Ciccone’s cell phone. She is the girl found murdered… https://t.co/CO6CIEj0fC
— Parker Slaybaugh (@Parker8News) December 10, 2015
via Tearful relatives hold candlelight vigil for Heather Ciccone https://t.co/QDvwHTFRzr https://t.co/7GLy3zVh5e
— Mag Nota: 360V (@mag_nota) December 10, 2015
This car could be the key to catching Heather Ciccone’s killer https://t.co/wF1ItiT1p9
— Katherine Howard (@My5LittleDucks) December 10, 2015
Heather’s body was found in the driver’s side seat of her car on Monday morning. Her car was parked in the driveway of someone who did not know the woman, and as far as authorities have acknowledged is not connected to this case in any way. The homeowner called authorities at around 11:00 p.m., Sunday, notifying police that a strange car was parked in his driveway. Later, when police arrived at the scene, they discovered that the woman had been shot in the back of the head. The last time anyone saw or spoke to the slain woman, she was leaving her family’s home.
She told her mother, on Sunday night at around 9:30 p.m., that she was going to help a friend who had experienced some car trouble. Late at night, or rather the early morning hours of Monday, authorities knocked on the family’s door and shared the horrifying news with them. While authorities work on leads in search of the young woman’s killer, the Ciccone family has spoken out in hopes of bringing her justice. The Daily Mail reports that Heather Ciccone’s father spoke during a vigil in memory of the young woman. During the vigil, authorities in Spotsylvania have their work cut out for them. Not only are they trying to figure out who murdered Heather Ciccone, they are also searching for a 19-year-old woman who vanished under suspicious circumstances.
Katelin Akens was last seen last weekend after her stepfather dropped her off at a Metro station. ABC News reports that the 19-year-old woman never made it to the airport, where she was expected to board a flight back to Arizona, where she attended cosmetology school. To add a disturbing element to her disappearance, her luggage was found in a drainage ditch in Spotsylvania County. Her belongings were in the luggage, along with some evidence that authorities have said is being investigated. They have not clarified on the nature of the evidence, however. While members of the public openly worry about the two cases, authorities have confirmed that the disappearance of Katelin Akens and the murder of Heather Ciccone are not related. As of now, these are two separate cases that share no connections.
— Honey Bomba (@Honey6934) December 10, 2015
While authorities work on leads associated with cellphone evidence, Heather Ciccone’s family have expressed fear that a female stalker took the 21-year-old woman’s life. Authorities in Spotsylvania have not confirmed the existence of a female stalker, but they have also kept the evidence in this case close to their collective chests. Hopefully the evidence they recently discovered leads them in the right direction, so this slain woman’s loved ones can be given the justice they deserve.
[Photo: Heather Ciccone Facebook page]