On Jan. 18, 2012, a man walking along Conewago Road in Dover Township made a grisly discovery.
It was a sealed, plastic Foodsaver bag “containing blood-stained items, skin and hair,” according to a criminal complaint filed by the Northern York County Regional Police. One of the bloody items was a piece of a queen-sized sheet, the manufacturer’s tag still affixed.
The items were sent to the state police crime lab for testing. DNA extracted from the hair and blood staining the sheet was entered in the national DNA database.
There were no matches.
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For five years, the discovery remained a mystery.
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On Jan. 21, 2017, Kim Via, who lives in Louisiana, called the state police in Carlisle to ask them to check on her father, Thomas Hayden Sr.
When police went to the address in