Suspect in 1989 KCK murder moved to Wyandotte County jail after waiving extradition

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Carolyn J. Heckert

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Smithville woman accused in the 1989 murder of teenager Sarah DeLeon has been moved to Wyandotte County jail after she waived extradition.

Carolyn J. Heckert, 48, was arrested in Clay County last week after being charged with first degree murder in the cold case murder of Kansas City, Kan. teen Sarah DeLeon.

Heckert appeared before a Clay County judge Monday morning and waived her right to fight extradition across the state line.

Police said 18-year-old Sarah was stabbed to death and dumped near KCK railroad tracks just a few days after Christmas back in 1989.

Detectives have said new DNA evidence led them to Heckert, who they believe was involved in multiple incidents of harassment and intimidation toward her romantic rivals.

Police have also said they believe Sarah’s death is connected to the murder of Diana Ault, a young mother who was shot to death inside her Independence home in 1994. But so far, no charges have been filed in that case.