FBI Cleveland
Public Affairs Officer Susan Licate
November 9, 2015

FBI and Local Partners Seek Information in Two Unsolved Homicides

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), along with the Alliance Police Department and Portage County Sheriff’s Office, is seeking the public’s assistance in the unsolved murder of Kathryn Menendez.

Kathryn, 17 years old, was last sent on August 21, 1994 in the Alliance, Ohio area. Her body was found four days later, on August 25, 1994 near the Berlin Reservoir on an oil well access road. Kathryn had been strangled to death and left unclothed. A little over two months later, November 4, 1994, another young female’s nude body was discovered approximately half a mile from Kathryn’s remains. This second female was not identified through DNA until 2003 as Sarah Rae Boehm. Sarah, 14 years old, had been missing from the Beaver County, Pennsylvania area since July 14, 1994. Beaver County is approximately a two-hour drive from the Berlin, Ohio Reservoir area. The Detective Bureau of the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office, Pittsburgh Division of the FBI, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have been investigating Sarah’s disappearance since July 1994.

It is unknown if these two unsolved murders are connected or not. Investigators continue to work both cases and consult with one another each step of the way, investigators here in Ohio and investigators in Pennsylvania. This week law enforcement will use advanced investigative technology to re-search the sites where Kathryn and Sarah’s remains were discovered in hopes of finding additional clues that may not have been uncovered in 1994.

Law enforcement continues to ask the public to report any information they may have regarding the disappearance and murder of either of these two young females 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(s) responsible for these murders.

Any questions regarding this news release can be directed to SA Vicki D. Anderson at the Cleveland Office of the FBI, 216-522-1400 or Vicki.Anderson@ic.fbi.gov.