BIRTH: August 13, 1994
DEATH: January 25, 2005
Katie, 10, was a fourth grader who loved animals and the Disney Channel. She came home the day she went missing excited about a pajama party planned at school the next day.
Katie headed to the Dollar General store a few blocks away to pick up some toilet paper. She apparently swung by the People’s Bank to grab a lollipop, and stopped at the Penn Villa apartments to tell a resident that a dog had been hit by a train on the adjacent track.
She was never seen alive again.
After her disappearance, an AMBER Alert was issued
5 days later a state trooper found her body in a creek with her hands tied behind her back. She had been sexually assaulted and drowned.
Charles Hickman, 20, and Anthony Stockelman were arrested for the rape and murder of Katie. Charles Hickman confessed to killing Katie, but after investigators spent nine weeks checking his story, he was released from custody and the murder charge against him was dropped. To many people placed him some place else and DNA connected Anthony Stockelman to the crime.
Anthony Stockelman was charged with the rape and murder of Katie, and sentenced to life in prison without parole.