The Heidi Allen Case: Central New York's Most Enduring Mystery

  • Hosted by Ryan Zalduondo

This series explores the disappearance of Heidi Allen. It's a case that began decades ago, but has left the residents of Central New York with many unanswered questions. As "The Heidi Allen Case" continues, you'll hear from different people whose lives were changed permanently as a result of Heidi's kidnapping -- starting from the beginning.

New episodes will be released weekly, through April. You can listen online, on any WRVO or NPR app, and on iTunes.

Ryan Zalduondo, a senior at SUNY Oswego, is your host. Zalduondo only learned about the Heidi Allen case a year and a half ago, on a trip to the North Country with a fellow student. As they passed the site of the gas station where Heidi was abducted 25 years ago, Zalduondo became interested in learning more about the events and their impact on the region. This series is the result.

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Gary Thibodeau was convicted of kidnapping Heidi Allen in 1995, and his appeals ran out in 1999. Things appeared bleak for all parties involved as time moved forward into the 2000’s. But new light was shed on the case in 2013 when a woman came forward to say she had information about who may have kidnapped Allen in 1994.

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Richard Thibodeau’s arrest on May 25, 1994 for kidnapping Heidi Allen changed a lot of things in New Haven, New York.

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The Easter Sunday disappearance of 18-year-year old Heidi Allen from a gas station convenience store gripped the central New York community and has continued to do so to this day.

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As the 25th anniversary of Heidi Allen's kidnapping approaches on April 3, WRVO is bringing you a special series on the story that has transfixed residents of Central and Northern New York for decades. Your host is Ryan Zalduondo, a senior at SUNY Oswego. Here's more from Ryan:

I only learned about Heidi Allen's story about a year and a half ago, in December of 2017.

A friend and I were on our way up to Potsdam to cover one of our school’s hockey games for the student newspaper, when we passed a Valero gas station pretty early in the trip.