Former NYPD detective now on Heather Teague case

Published: Apr. 25, 2008 at 8:27 PM CDT|Updated: May. 2, 2008 at 11:37 AM CDT
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Reporter: Shannon Samson
New Media Producer: Melissa Greathouse

A retired detective from New York who specializes in cold cases spent the day investigating the disappearance of Heather Teague.

The Dixon, Kentucky, woman was sun bathing on a Henderson County beach 13 years ago when a witness says a gunman dragged her away at gunpoint.

Heather Teague would have been 36 on April 25.

Her mother Sarah doesn't like talking about her in the past tense, even though she recently had to declare Heather legally dead in order to gain access to certain case files.

Sarah still doesn't know what happened to her daughter.

Now a nationally-known detective has pledged to help her find out.

Dozens of families of missing persons ask retired NYPD First-Grade Detective Gil Alba to help them.

Sarah Teague has been asking for years. Finally, he said yes.

"I get all the information and start talking to people. People talk to me," said Alba. "So I compile my own investigation and find out what we need in the case."

He and Tom Loos, ar cold case detective from Kentucky, spent the morning at the crime scene on Newburgh Beach.

They also plan on talking to the agency in charge of the case, Kentucky State Police Post 16.

KSP detectives have long suspected Marvin Dill to be the prime suspect.

The Henderson County man shot himself before police could question him.

In 2004, Ohio detectives tried to connect another man to Heather's disappearance.

Chris Below, who is from the area, is currently serving prison time for the murder of his former girlfriend.

"You have Marty Dill who was at the scene at the time when she went missing, his car was there, so that's pretty good evidence right there," said Alba. "To me, one step at a time. Eliminate Marty Dill.

"Did he do it or not? Once we eliminate him or did he do it, then you move on to the second person. So, me having two suspects is not good for me, just focus in on one suspect at a time and basically that is what I am doing here."

"We are finally at a different place in the investigation than we've ever been," said Sarah Teague.

Sarah Teague says with Alba's help and new evidence she's not ready to discuss, Heather's case is about to break wide open after 13 long, agonizing years.

"The answers are just around the corner," said Teague. "They are so close. It is just about over."

Alba says closure in this case may not be finding Heather's body, but finding out what happened to her.

That would be enough for her mother.

If you have any information about the case, you can call the Kentucky State Police or Gil Alba.

Kentucky State Police: 270-826-3312

Gil Alba or call toll free: 866-311-ALBA (2522)