Murder of Krista Harrison
The murder of Krista Lea Harrison occurred on July 17, 1982, in Marshallville, Ohio. The case remained unsolved for two years, until Robert Anthony Buell was convicted of her murder in 1984. Harrison's case appeared on the American television show Forensic Files in an episode titled "Material Evidence: The Krista Harrison Case".
Eleven-year-old Krista Harrison (born May 28, 1971, in Orrville, Ohio) had been picking up aluminum cans in the Marshallville park with one of her friends. It was reported that a man with shoulder-length hair walked up to Harrison and whispered to her, and then guided the girl into his van. After six days, her body was discovered. She had been strangled and sexually assaulted. She was buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Marshallville.
Capture of Buell
In 1984, 44-year-old Robert Anthony Buell kidnapped a twenty-eight-year-old woman, Deborah Davies, while she was working at a gas station. Davies was then bound to Buell's bed and raped, but after he had left Davies to go to work, she was able to escape and notify police. Police then compared the orange carpet fibers found on Harrison's body to the ones in Buell's van, and concluded that they had matched. Buell was then tried and sentenced to death, and was executed by lethal injection in 2002.
Although evidence indicates Buell had murdered two other young girls, he was never prosecuted.
- Twelve-year-old Tina Marie Harmon was raped and murdered in 1981. When DNA was tested from her clothing, it was matched to Buell.
- In 1983, ten-year-old Debora "Debbie" Kaye Smith was raped and murdered, with wax found on her body, which matched candles from Buell's house.
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