Dozens more charges filed in woman’s death

The case of Teresa Hill

LOCK HAVEN ­ – A man who allegedly used a dead woman’s identity to take her money while concealing her death will face upward of 180 or more charges, according to Clinton County District Attorney Dave Strouse.

Rodney Lee Heaton, 53, was to face a preliminary hearing Tuesday, but it was delayed.

New charges include felony forgery and felony identity theft, along with 180 or more charges for each time Heaton accessed the personal accounts of Teresa Hill, Strouse said. Those charges include access device fraud, theft, receiving stolen property and theft by deception.

Strouse said the previous charges will be withdrawn and he will refile a complaint on the new charges. Heaton will then be re-arraigned on all the charges, but the prosecutor set no date for that hearing.

In response to questions about the manner and cause of Teresa Hill’s death, Strouse said he has not yet received results of toxicology and anatomical tests.

Heaton was slated to appear in Clinton County Central District Court today with public Defender Thom Rosamilia.

But Strouse said he was working to amend the criminal complaint to include as many as 180 new charges, even as the investigation into the death continues.

The badly decomposed body of a woman was found Dec. 22 rolled up in a carpet at 5 Corning St., Lock Haven, and the deceased was subsequently positively identified as Teresa Hannah Hill, a 59-year-old woman who previously resided at that address.

Police said Heaton had been using Hill’s identification since she died in July 2015.

He told police he had been staying with Hill in July 2015 and, after being away for three or four days, he returned to find her dead.  He said he wrapped her body inside an air mattress before duct-taping it, tying it up with cord, rolling it in carpet and placing it on the back porch of the second-floor apartment.

Read the full story about the most recent developments in the case in Wednesday’s print and online edition at www.lockhaven.com.

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