Slain girl's father is offering $5,000 reward No suspects yet, detectives say

February 03, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

The father of a 14-year-old girl found stabbed to death last month near Old Mill Senior High School is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

County police announced the reward yesterday during a news conference in which they again pleaded for people to call them with tips in the slaying of Lisa Kathleen Haenel.

The reward is being offered by Randy Haenel, who is divorced from Lisa's mother and serves in the Air Force stationed in Stuttgart, Germany.

Homicide detectives released little new information about their investigation. Lisa's nude body was found Jan. 16, one day after she was reported missing by her mother.

The body was found lying face down in a ravine near Shetlands Lane and Century Towne Road -- a popular shortcut for Old Mill students -- by her mother's boyfriend, Phillip Enke, as he was jogging along the road.

Police said yesterday that Mr. Enke was specifically looking for Lisa and had jogged along the path because he knew it was a popular route to the school.

Sgt. Robert Jaschik, who heads the homicide squad, said police have conducted hundreds of interviews and brought 25 to 30 people in for questioning. He said Mr. Enke was among those questioned, but only because he is close to the family and was the person who discovered the girl.

"We have no viable suspect at this time," Sergeant Jaschik said, adding that no one has been ruled out either.

Lisa's murder sparked fear in the Old Mill community.

"At first we weren't concerned," said Tom Dixon, president of the Village of Old Mill Community Association, explaining that residents at first weren't worried about their safety because they expected a quick arrest. But, "People are now concerned that their son or daughter may be walking where a murderer has been and may be returning," he said.

The association is having a community forum Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Old Mill Senior High School, at which parents and police officers can discuss safety concerns and the investigation.

Sergeant Jaschik said detectives have investigated hundreds of tips, and are hoping the phone will ring with a hundred more.

Few people have called in the past week, he said.

Police have investigated Lisa's background and found no clues. "She was an All-American girl," Sergeant Jaschik said. "We have nothing to indicate that anything in her past or her family could have led to this."

But he did say that police "have served several search warrants on several people in this case," but he would not identify the people or say what, if anything, was found.

Police said they have not recovered a murder weapon. They believe Lisa was slain in the ravine, about 150 feet from the road. Her clothes were found strewn about the body. Tests have shown the girl was not sexually assaulted.

In addition to the $5,000 reward, Metro Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call Anne Arundel County police at 987-8669 or 222-3461, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 276-8888.

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