A few days ago, we told you that a federal public defender says she has compelling information that three other people were involved in the disappearance of H eidi A llen 20 years ago.
Federal public defender, Lisa Peebles says a witness named Tonya Priest came forward in 2013 and told investigators that she heard James Steen admit he and two other men kidnapped Allen in 1994 and killed her. Steen was convicted of murdering his estranged wife and her boyfriend in 2010 and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
New information has lead investigators to a wooded area in Mexico that could potentially fill in some gaps in the 1994 disappearance of Heidi Allen.
Peebles says they received a tip from a nearby neighbor that there was a cabin just across the street near R ice R oad where A llen may have been buried. When investigators arrived on scene, it was clear the scene was tampered with.
"What looked to be an area that was recently torn up including wood, floorboards, a mattress and various other debris. And, it appeared based on what we saw that it had recently been disturbed," says Peebles.
Peebles says she doesn't know when the area was torn up. But, finding these new details could bring us closer to what actually happened.
"It really coincides with what Tonya Priest had originally told Sheriff and investigators when she was interviewed by admissions made by an individual named James Steen. As to what they did with Heidi Allen," says Peebles.
Investigators were here for the past couple of hours. And, since then they have left the scene. But, we do know now that they're placing a deputy overnight just to make sure the scene is secure. And, tomorrow morning, they will start a more detailed search.
P eebles says she is preparing to file a motion this week to overturn G ary T hibodeau's 1995 conviction for kidnapping H eidi A llen.
T hibodeu was convicted even though no physical evidence or witnesses ever linked him to the crime.
D eputies plan to return to the site in Mexico tomorrow with k-9s to conduct a thorough search for Allen's body .