SISKIYOU COUNTY, Ore. – Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man on Thursday for the murder of a 15-year-old girl who was last seen back in 1997. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s officers arrested Ed Henline, Sr. on Thursday morning. He was driving on a public highway near McCloud, California with his wife.
The 57-year-old man is now in the Siskiyou County Jail for the murder of 15-year old Hannah Zaccaglini. After the arrest, a group of detectives and the sheriff met with Hannah’s family to tell them the news. The sheriff said they were elated and felt this arrest gives them a small sense of closure. Lailoni Zeccola is speaking on behalf of Hannah’s mother who she says is filled with many emotions.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff said he received lots of help from outside agencies and detectives on this case revisiting the old case and then re-interviewing people. In fact, detectives found a few people who hadn’t already been interviewed who provided valuable information. Police say sometimes witnesses or even those directly involved in the crime come forward after time passes.
The sheriff said Henline is also a person of interest in the case of another missing McCloud girl, Karen Mero, also from 1997. The Siskiyou County Sheriff said that this case is on a list of other cold cases they plan to relentlessly investigate.
Klamath Falls Police arrested Ed Henline, Jr. Saturday on charges of conspiracy and accessory to commit a crime. These charges are in connection with the 1997 murder of Hannah Zaccaglini. Family friends say Henline, Jr. was dating Karen Mero at the time of her 1997 disappearance. Henline Jr., 35, is lodged in the Klamath County Jail and is being held without bail.