Person of interest in Hart Street murder still not found, vehicle located in Texas

Juan Manuel Roano, a person of interest in Lafayette's first homicide of 2019, has still not been found as of Monday morning, police said.

Posted: Feb 11, 2019 9:02 AM
Updated: Feb 11, 2019 2:30 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Juan Manuel Roano, a person of interest in Lafayette's first homicide of 2019, has still not been found as of Monday morning, police said. According to a statement from police, the vehicle Roano was driving was located in San Antonio, Texas.

Roano was originally believed to be driving a 2004 or 2005 white Nissan Pathfinder. Detectives discovered that it was a white 2002 Nissan Xterra.

Lt. Brian Phillips also said Roano was known to frequently visit the victim's home. Police have been looking for Roano after Lisa Heinsen, 52, was found dead in her Hart Street home Thursday. It's unknown how long she had been dead for.

Phillips added this was not a home invasion. He also said Heinsen was attacked inside the home.

Police were called to the 1300 block of Hart Street around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 after a relative of Heinsen asked for LPD to do a well-being check. Officers arrived and found Heinsen dead. Neighbors were shocked to hear the news.

“It's just so quiet,” Sheila Scripter told News 18 Friday. “Nothing ever happens. We've lived here for three or four years now.”

Sgt. Matt Gard said Roano is believed to be armed and dangerous. If you see him, you are asked not approach him. 

If you have any information about the crime or the whereabouts of Roano, you are asked to contact the Lafayette Police Department at (765) 807-1200 or through the anonymous WeTip hotline at 800-78-CRIME.

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