Heidi Allen ** New Haven, NY * 1994

Heidi Marie Allen
Missing since April 3, 1994 from New Haven, Oswego County, New York.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: September 14, 1975
Age at Time of Disappearance: 18 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'11"; 145 lbs.
Jewelry: Heidi may have been wearing an 18" gold chain necklace with a heart and diamond charm at the time she disappeared.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Light brown/blond hair worn long and curly; blue/hazel eyes. Birth mark (unknown location).
Marks, Scars: One inch scar on right knee. She wears glasses or contact lenses and has pierced ears.
Clothing: She wears glasses with renaissance metal frames. She was last seen wearing white sneakers (size 9 or 10), light colored blue jeans and a light gray sweatshirt with plaid S.U. letters.
Circumstances of Disappearance
On Easter Sunday, April 3, 1994, Heidi Allen was working alone as a cashier at the D&W Convenience Store, located at the intersection of State Routes 104 and 104B in New Haven, NY. She opened the store at about 05:45 and managed the store routinely for approximately 2 hours, with nothing out of the ordinary occurring.
About 07:50, an Oswego County Sheriff’s Department patrol unit was flagged down in the area by a citizen who reported that the convenience store was open, with lights and gas pumps on, but no one tending the business. Allen had apparently vanished from the store. Allen's keys were still on the store counter and her maroon station wagon was parked outside when police arrived.

There was no sign of a scuffle, money was still in the cash register and customers had left $9.50 on the counter for newspapers and gas.
Allen, who friends and family describe as smart, strong and ambitious, worked at D&W Convenience store for about 2 1/2 years. Several employers across Oswego County received her resume in the days after she vanished because she was about to graduate from Onondaga Community College and was looking for a full-time job.

In May, 1994, Richard Thibodeau was arrested and charged with kidnapping, 1st degree in connection with the missing person case. In August of that same year, Gary Thibodeau, Richard’s brother, was also arrested and faced the same charge.

In June, 1995, Gary was convicted of kidnapping, 1st degree. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in the New York State correctional system. Richard was found not guilty in September, 1995.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Oswego County Sheriff's Department
Sheriff Reuel Todd

NCIC Number: M-723932874
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Child Protection Education Of America
Oswego County Sheriff's Department
The Missing Children's Network Canada

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Comment by Brenda on September 14, 2014 at 9:56pm

Happy Birthday Heidi..

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Heidi Allen’s Sister To Speak At Believers Chapel North

Posted on November 21, 2011 by Contributor

MEXICO, NY – More than 17 years ago, Heidi Allen was abducted from an area convenience store. She is still missing today. In the years that have passed, her only sister, Lisa M. Buske, has worked through depression, loneliness and blame.

Lisa has recently finished writing her first book, “Where’s Heidi: The Search Begins” to share her thoughts, fears, hopes and misunderstandings with others who have experienced pain, especially through tragedy.


She will be speaking on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Believers Chapel North in Mexico.


As a writer and speaker, Lisa is a catalyst for others affected by trials and tragedy.


Through her writing and speaking she engages the audience while sharing her heart to help others in their personal journeys.


Lisa has been featured on radio, television and area newspapers. She is a contributing writer to many local media and writes a monthly column for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s “Ride for Missing Children” bulletin.


As a guest speaker for the National Center for Missing and Exploited events, she has shared her journey as the sibling left behind.


At the academic level Lisa’s speaking ranges from elementary to adult: presenting for the Mexico Academy Central Schools, Cayuga Community College and the Oswego Reading Council.

For more information on Lisa’s story, visit lisabuske.weebly.com


More information on the speaking event can be found at bcnorth.org or by calling the Believers Chapel North office at 315-963-4100.


The church is located at 5375 State Route 3 in Mexico; one mile south of McDonalds.


Comment by Brenda on July 10, 2011 at 10:12pm
Comment by Brenda on May 22, 2011 at 8:50pm
Volunteers spruce up New Haven garden in memory of missing Heidi Allen
Published: Sunday, May 22, 2011, 7:42 PM Updated: Sunday, May 22, 2011, 7:50 PM
By Douglass Dowty / The Post-Standard

New Haven, NY -- Between 15 and 20 volunteers helped weed and plant flowers Sunday in the Heidi Allen Community Garden, at the New Haven gas station where Allen was abducted on Easter Sunday 1994. The New Haven woman has never been found.
The volunteers worked nearly two hours to plant orange tiger lilies, bleeding hearts and miniature rose bushes, as well as annuals, in the plot along state Route 104, said Lisa Buske, Allen’s sister.
Allen’s high school friends joined current Mexico high students and others in the effort, Buske said.
Gary Thibodeau of New Haven was convicted of kidnapping Allen, then 18, and is serving a 25 years to life term in state prison.

Comment by Brenda on April 3, 2011 at 1:54pm
Missing 17 years today..
Comment by Brenda on April 2, 2011 at 10:52pm
Sunday Marks 17th Anniversary Of Heidi Allen’s Disappearance
Written by: Steve Yablonski

Apr 02, 2011 at 3:21 pm
NEW HAVEN, NY – Sunday marks the 17th anniversary of an event many people would rather never happened.

Heidi Allen disappeared between 5:45 and 7:50 a.m. April 3, 1994, from the D&W Convenience Store at Route 104 and 104B in New Haven. She was working alone that Easter Sunday.

She has not been found. She was 18 years old.

Her sister, Lisa Buske, is using her blog to keep Heidi’s memory alive.

“I have a website: http://lisabuske.weebly.com with a blog,” she said. “For the past two weeks, I have been dedicating my blogs in memory of my sister to help keep her memory alive and share Heidi in a more personal way.”

The public is invited to view the blog and share memories as well.

Buske, a teacher, still resides in New Haven.

“I am in the process of completing the revisions on a book about my sister’s disappearance and its effect on my life – as seen through the eyes of the sister,” she said.

At this time, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation consider the matter to be an open case.

Officers are still assigned to the investigation and continue to follow leads.

For more information about Heidi’s case, visit http://www.co.oswego.ny.us/sheriff/allen.html

Anyone who may have been in the area of the convenience store at or around the time of Heidi’s abduction, or anyone who has any information on the case is asked to contact the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office at one of the following numbers: 1-888-349-3411, 1-800-724-8477 or 315-349-3411.



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