Jennifer Herold remembers the last day she spent with her sister Kathy. The 15 year old high school freshman was helping Jennifer, then a student at Buffalo State, move into a new apartment. "The last I know was she spent the day with me at my apartment. We had a great day." Kathy went home, but she left her Kenmore house around 8 pm. She was headed for Mang park, a popular teen hangout. Her body was discovered the next morning laying across a rarely used railroad track in the town of Tonawanda. She had been beaten and strangled. That was july 1, 1985.
There was no break in the case, and detectives asked the public to come forward once again in 2003. "A lot of people actually saw her. Had events with her that night that know what happened. Especially the people that were there when she was killed." says Lt. Steve Caruana of Tonawanda Police.
Jennifer Herold says there were rumors right after the murder. There was a person of interest, but no official suspects. Now, Tonawanda detectives see similarities between Kathy's murder and the murders committed by Altemio Sanchez. There are also differences. District Attorney Frank Clark says Herold was strangled with a single ligature, but Sanchez used a double ligature. Still, Jennifer believes there's enough evidence for an investigation. "I would like somebody to ask (sanchez)," she says " There has been a person missing in my life. He gets to have his family whether he's in jail or not. I get to spend the rest of my life wondering what it would have been like to be my sister's kids' aunt."
Jennifer is thankful Tonawanda police haven't given up on her sister's case. Whether it is the infamous Bike Path Rapist, or not, Jennifer is hoping after all these years, her sister's killer will confess. "I think my sister deserves that."
Kathy Herold's body was found by railroad workers near the plant where Altemio Sanchez worked, but so far, investigators have found no physical evidence to tie the murder to Sanchez.