How The Heather Bogle Murder Case Landed Its Own Lead Detective In Prison

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 School

    One Morning, Heather Bogle Didn’t Arrive To Pick Up Her Daughter From School
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    On the morning of April 9, 2015, 28-year-old single mother Heather Bogle failed to pick up her 5-year-old daughter from school. Bogle had not been seen since leaving work at the Whirlpool plant in Sandusky County, OH, around 6 am that morning. She had chosen to work the night shift so she could be home with her daughter, McKenzie, when she got off of school.

    According to Bogle's sister, “We instantly knew something was wrong when she didn’t pick up McKenzie." After Bogle's mother and others made repeated attempts to reach her, police were called, and they quickly determined Bogle was missing.

  • The Very Next Day, Bogle's Body Was Discovered In A Trunk

    Bogle's body was found the following day near an apartment complex a mile away from the Whirlpool plant where she was last seen. Her body had been placed in the trunk of her own car, and she had been shot twice in the back - the bullets had pierced her vital organs and were determined to be her cause of her death.

    Moreover, Bogle's hair had been completely chopped off, and her fingernails were cut all of the way down to the base of her fingers. She had also been badly beaten. This evidence led investigators to believe whoever had killed Bogle had attempted to eliminate their own DNA, which may have been under her fingernails from grabbing or scratching at the offender. The defensive wounds found on her hands also indicated that she had tried to fight back. 

    Due to the crime's overall brutality, investigators suspected Bogle was killed out of anger.

  • At First, Detective Sean O'Connell Suspected Bogle’s Girlfriend

    At First, Detective Sean O'Connell Suspected Bogle’s Girlfriend
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    Just before Bogle died, she had been going through a tumultuous breakup with her girlfriend of one year, Carmella Badillo. Badillo and Bogle had met while they were both working at the Whirlpool plant. The two had recently been fighting, including a verbal altercation the morning of April 8, 2015 - the day before Bogle went missing. Aggressive exchanges between the two over both text and voicemail were also found, along with threats that have not been publicly released. 

    These exchanges led the lead detective on the case, Detective Sean O'Connell, to point to Badillo as the first potential suspect. However, after interviewing Badillo multiple times and reviewing phone and text records between her and Bogle, O'Connell quickly ruled her out.

  • O'Connell Then Zeroed In On Three Other Suspects And Committed To Convicting Them

    O'Connell's next three suspects became his primary ones. One was Keyona Bor, a single mother who lived in the apartment complex near where Bogle's car and body were discovered. According to O'Connell, Bor was hesitant to speak with police and had been posting on Facebook earlier that same day about serving eight to 10 years for murder with an insanity plea. O'Connell also alleged Bor had been seen wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt at some point, which he considered significant, as Bogle was wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt when she was found. He publicly named Bor as a suspect, then raided her apartment.

    The second suspect was Omar Satchel, a man who had served time on home invasion and firearms charges. He was also in Bor's apartment the night Bogle's body was found. O'Connell believed Satchel may have known Bogle and had even sold her weed, as they found weed in her system at the time of her passing. He also thought a link existed between Satchel and the gun used in the murder, due to suspicions that Satchel had recently stolen a small firearm.

    Satchel's friend was O'Connell's third suspect: Kayree Jeffrey. He was suspected to have dumped the weapon used to kill Bogle off the bank of a river in a black bag. A dive team was sent to search for the piece, but they came up empty-handed.

  • O'Connell's Evidence Against The Suspects Was Extremely Flimsy Or Even Falsified

    O'Connell's Evidence Against The Suspects Was Extremely Flimsy Or Even Falsified
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    Despite all of O'Connell's allegations, he didn't have nearly enough evidence to back any of them up. The "guilty" Facebook posts Bor had made were later determined to be about her child's father receiving eight to 10 years as a sentence for a drug offense, while some people can receive the same sentence for murder when pleading insanity. Bor also only ever owned a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt in the past, unlike the T-shirt Bogle was found wearing.

    O'Connell's theory about Satchel recently obtaining the same type of gun used to kill Bogle could not be supported either, as neither a gun nor bullets were ever found. O'Connell also claimed he had a "source" who told him Jeffrey had dumped the gun in the nearby river; as the dive team found nothing, it's possible his “source” was fabricated. 

    O'Connell's willingness to reach for the thinnest of connections while looking for evidence was also demonstrated by the fact he used an old image of Satchel sitting in a white SUV in order to incriminate him, simply because a white, unspecified model of vehicle was seen on surveillance footage in the area where Bogle perished. His claim that Bogle had visited the apartment complex to buy drugs from them also had no evidence, witnesses, or facts to back it up.

    Finally, O'Connell could not name a possible motive for any of the three suspects, and despite O'Connell publicly naming them, they were not charged.

  • Racism Was Suspected To Be A Contributing Factor Because All Three Suspects Were Black

    O'Connell's reason for targeting these three suspects was also called into question. All of the suspects were Black and had a low income, making them easy targets, and O'Connell had already helped put Bor’s ex-boyfriend in jail on a drug charge. According to Bor, “He pretty much had a personal vendetta against my child’s father.” 

    Satchel also had prior charges that may have caused the detective to discriminate against him and think he would be involved in another crime. Satchel thinks he was “the perfect scapegoat" despite his willingness to cooperate and give a DNA sample; he also had an alibi for the night of Bogle's death while Bor was never even asked for one.

    In addition to all of these preexisting indicators of innocence, there was also a lack of physical evidence. Despite the fact that neither Bor nor Satchel’s DNA matched the DNA found under Bogle’s fingernails, O'Connell continued to pursue them as suspects. Meanwhile, other potential suspects, specifically white suspects like the one who would eventually be convicted, were disregarded. All of these factors combined led some to speculate that prejudice may have played a part in O'Connell's choice to target Bor, Satchel, and Jeffrey.