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It's been 18 years and Kathleen Heisey's family and friends still cry out of for justice.

They say they aren't getting it from the Bakersfield Police Department, so they reached out to us. By the dozen. They wanted us to tell them what detectives wouldn't. They wanted us to make sure the case wasn't forgotten.

They want justice. They want to know: Who killed Kathleen Heisey?

Lynn Runyan

Lynn Runyan and Kathleen Heisey were lifelong friends. Except for the killer, Runyan is believed to have been the last person to see Heisey alive.

Heisey visited Runyan on Monday, June 29, and left her home around 6 p.m.

Friends and family believe Heisey went directly to her home in southwest Bakersfield.

They believe Runyan was the last person – beside the killer – to see her alive.

She was also the first person – beside the killer – to see Heisey’s body. She discovered the gruesome crime scene early on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 1 after going to Heisey’s home to check on her after she missed a series of work meetings.Runyan was a teacher at Browning Road Elementary School while Heisey was principal there.


If you or anyone you know has information regarding this case, you are urged to contact the
Bakersfield Police Department at