Murder of Tina Harmon

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Tina Harmon
Tina harmon.jpg
Born Tina Marie Harmon
Creston, Ohio, United States
Died October 29, 1981 (1981-10-30) (aged 12)
Creston, Ohio, United States
Cause of death
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Occupation Student
Known for Murder victim

Tina Marie Harmon (born c. 1969 in Creston, Ohio)[1] was a 12-year-old American girl who was abducted, raped and murdered on October 29, 1981 after being dropped off in Lodi, Ohio.[2] After the discovery of her body, she was later buried at the Maple Mound Cemetery.[1][3]

Case history[edit]

Tina Harmon was reportedly last seen with a man in his twenties after she had been dropped off by her father's girlfriend in Lodi, Ohio.[2][4][2][5] Harmon's body was later found next to an oil well site in a nearby town, five days after her abduction. [5][1] Nutmeg-colored carpet fibers and dog hair were found on her clothing.[4][2][6]

In 1982, Ernest Holbrook Jr. and Herman Ray Rucker were convicted of both the rape and murder of Harmon, but after complications with the witnesses testimonies, one of them recanted. Rucker was given a new trial and was released in 1983.[2][6][5]

In 1984, Robert Anthony Buell was convicted of the 1982 murder of Krista Lea Harrison.[6] The dog hairs on Harmon's body matched to he ones found on a dog buried in Buell's yard.[5] Buell was later matched to Harmon's murder by comparing his DNA samples with the ones found on Harmon's clothing several years later.[7] The nutmeg-colored carpet fibers that were found on both bodies of Harmon and Harrison matched as well.[4][8]However, Buell was never tried for her murder.[2][6] In 2002, Buell was executed for the murder of Harrison at age 62.[9]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f Rink, Matthew (2008-11-25). "Family of Tina Harmon, abducted and killed in 1981, wants police to reopen the case". Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Renner, James (4 November 2011). "The Final Word on the Tragic Death of Krista Harrison". Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Renner, James (2007-11-26). "The Serial Killer's Disciple". Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Renner, James (30 December 2008). "Ghosts Of Wayne County Doubts Haunt An Old Murder And The Execution That Followed". Cleveland Scene. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Monahan, Richard, dir. "Material Evidence." Forensic Files. TLC, TruTV. 31 Oct. 2000. Television.
  7. ^ Renner, James (7 October 2011). "The Final Word on Krista Harrison". Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Renner, James (2010-03-26). "Case Closed!". Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Robert Anthony Buell #801". Retrieved 31 May 2012.