DATE: May 22, 2024
SUBJECT: Arrest Made in Alleged Missing Persons Case
RELEASE NUMBER: 2024-NR-0522
CONTACT: Sheriff Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Noah Robinson

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has located a Vanderburgh County woman who had been reported missing. The circumstances surrounding her disappearance gave investigators serious concerns for her safety, however she was found to be in no danger.

On the evening of Sunday, May 19, Ms. Amy L. Schaber, 50, of Daylight, Indiana was reported missing. The reporter, a friend with whom Schaber had been staying, contacted 911 and reported that she had not seen the woman since Saturday, May 18 and that she had not returned to the residence since getting off work that evening.

Schaber worked at restaurant not far from their shared residence, which is located in Daylight, Indiana. After working her shift, Schaber was given a ride to the area of SR 57 and Boonville New Harmony Rd. Since road construction was present at that location, Schaber asked to be let out so that she could walk the remaining distance home. According to the reporter, Schaber never arrived.

The reporter feared for Schaber’s safety as Schaber had recently obtained a protective order against her live-in boyfriend, Mr. Gregory Wayne Heseman. Heseman also lives in a house next door to the reporter. As a basis for the protective order, Schaber alleged Heseman had committed acts of violence against her.  Deputies attempted to contact Heseman, but despite indications that someone was inside the residence he would not answer the door or phone.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office continued the investigation and multiple interviews were conducted. Heseman’s residence was kept under surveillance and the area between where Schaber was last seen and Heseman’s home were searched by deputies on foot as well as by aerial drone. Ohio Valley Search and Rescue was contacted and arrangements to use search and rescue dogs were made.

During the course of the investigation, investigators developed sufficient probable cause to believe that Schaber was inside the residence with Heseman. A search warrant was obtained to enter the house and look for the Schaber. Deputies made entry and located both Schaber and Heseman inside. Schaber was interviewed and detectives determined that she had decided to return to the residence the night she was dropped off and had remained there of her own accord. Schaber told investigators that she had avoided revealing her presence to deputies out of fear that she would be in trouble for reuniting with Heseman despite having obtained a protective order against him.

The boyfriend, Gregory Wayne Heseman, was arrested and charged with violating the active protective order. He is currently in the Vanderburgh County Jail with a $500 bond.

ARRESTED:

Gregory Wayne Heseman (pictured above), 44, of Daylight, Indiana. Invasion of Privacy as a Class A Misdemeanor.

Presumption of Innocence Notice: The fact that a person has been arrested or charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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