The tragic murder of single mother Heather Bogle in Sandusky County, Ohio went unsolved for more than two years, and the culprit was not found until a sheriff and the case's lead detective were removed, both of whom received criminal charges.
That lead detective, Sean O'Connell, pursued the same three people for over a year, choosing to not pursue any other leads despite exonerating evidence. In turn, the killer remained free, and the lives of three innocent people were enormously impacted after being publicly named as suspects.
How did a farce investigation continue for so long, and who was ultimately responsible for Heather's fate? Here's what we know about the Heather Bogle case.
One Morning, Heather Bogle Didn’t Arrive To Pick Up Her Daughter From SchoolPhoto: Facebook
The Very Next Day, Bogle's Body Was Discovered In A Trunk
At First, Detective Sean O'Connell Suspected Bogle’s GirlfriendPhoto: 48 Hours / CBS
O'Connell Then Zeroed In On Three Other Suspects And Committed To Convicting Them
O'Connell's Evidence Against The Suspects Was Extremely Flimsy Or Even FalsifiedPhoto: True Life Crime / MTV
Racism Was Suspected To Be A Contributing Factor Because All Three Suspects Were Black