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Kingsport police post YouTube video about 1994 murder of "Miss Anne"

Kacie Dingus Breeding • Feb 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The Kingsport Police Department has posted the first of Kingsport's unsolved mysteries on YouTube, and the information also appeared on cable television Friday night.

CLICK HERE to view the video.

The YouTube video and a spot which aired on Charter Channel 16 address the 1994 beating death of Anne Elizabeth Heath, 67, known to many as "Miss Anne."

"Miss Anne" worked at Holston Valley Medical Center for 45 years and was their longest-term employee at that time, according to a spokeswoman.

The neighborhood was shocked to learn Heath's brutally beaten body was found in her apartment on July 28 at 101 Tennessee Street, Apt. C. She was well-known in the community because she walked everywhere, according to an article published in the Times-News the next day.

It was the city's second homicide in less than two months, and occurred just hours before an armed robbery a few miles down the road, according to the article.

Former KPD Dep. Chief Mark Addington expressed concern that someone of "the character of Mrs. Heath" had been a victim of such a crime in Kingsport, which was considered a safe place to live.

"Our biggest problems are drugs, larceny, and burglary," he said. "But if this trend of the past 45 days continues, we're facing an increase in several crimes in Kingsport..." Addington said.

About four years later, former KPD Chief Jim Keesling thought he was close to cracking the case. He told the Times-News that physical evidence found at the scene indicated investigators may have talked to someone who knew more than they were telling about what happened to Heath.

Ten years after Keesling thought he might have something, Heath's killer still eludes police. It's hoped that airing these cold cases might generate new information so that arrests can be made and victims' families, as well as the detectives working the cases, can get some closure.

The final portion of the video includes recognition of an officer of the week as well as a brief review Kingsport's Most Wanted suspects and the crimes they are suspected of committing.

Anyone with information concerning the city's unsolved homicides or wanted suspects is encouraged to contact the KPD at (423) 229-9300 or (423) 246-9111.

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