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In classic Investigation Discovery style, "Murder in the Heartland" weaves harrowing narratives of quiet Middle America towns torn apart by provocative crimes. Each town's tale is given life by the combined perspectives of its residents, who are more than just storytellers. The interviewees were also key witnesses to each of the crimes, and they hold critical clues to puzzles that not only have forever changed their lives but how they have come to view their once-idyllic hometowns.

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Hugo is hysterical after he finds his brother's girlfriend, Breanna Schneller, beaten and stabbed to death; the brothers appear to be devastated, but the discovery of Breanna's missing phone casts doubt on their alibis.
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Carol Lapaglia waits 25 years to marry the love of her life, Jack Parkes; six weeks before their wedding in Kennedy Township, Pa., she finds him shot to death in their living room.
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Jill Walker finds her daughter, Emma, cold to the touch in her own bed; quickly ruling out suicide, investigators search for a suspicious man in black caught on a neighbor's home surveillance camera.
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In Post Falls, Idaho, devoted family man Bo Kirk vanishes, and his truck is found set ablaze; Bo's sister blames their estranged father, until released ATM security footage points to one of his co-workers who has piercing blue eyes.
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In Germantown, Ohio, Alyce Seff's body is found in a wishing well, and the townspeople are shocked to learn the elderly landlady had as many enemies as she did friends; it will take police nine years to solve her case.
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In Hayti, Mo., Tray Phelps is found beaten to death in his driveway; the townspeople are stunned to discover that a web of evil lurks just beneath the surface of the seemingly idyllic hamlet.
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A town in Michigan becomes scandalized when a partially nude corpse turns up; police sift through lies and alibis as they search for the killer.
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In Saguache, Colo., mountain bike pioneer Mike Rust disappears from his home, and his remains are not found until seven years later.
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MaryAnn Clibbery is brutally murdered at the remodeling business she owned in Loves Park, Ill.; then, a suspicious bag found floating in an icy river unlocks the secrets of her brutal slaying.
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In Moscow, Idaho, an elderly couple frantically performs CPR on their young neighbor after a pop of gunfire interrupts their bedtime routine; investigators follow fresh footprints from the scene, only to learn the killer may already be behind bars.
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In Monroe, Ohio, an affluent retirement community is baffled after Barbara Howe simply vanishes one night; the police soon find Barbara's body in the trunk of her car, and her throat has been slit.
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In Shawnee, Okla., Marshall Dent goes missing on Christmas Eve, and the Native American community bands together; after weeks of searching, they find Dent in a shallow grave on sacred ground, and authorities scramble to find his killer.
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In Aurora, Ind., the townspeople are horrified when beloved mother and hairstylist Leigh Jennings is killed in her own home.
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Christmas is ruined when hikers in New Mexico stumble across Roxanne Houston's shallow grave; the murder rocks the community of Taos and tension builds between those with small town values and the outsider lifestyle on the Mesa.
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In Payette, Idaho, teacher Elizabeth Baune is the pillar of her community until she is stabbed to death in her own home; townspeople suspect Baune's kindness may have been behind her death.
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In Noble, Okla., a dog drops a human skull onto its owners' front porch on Christmas Day; after six years and no leads, the police must navigate the twists and turns of the victim's past to find justice.
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At Christmastime, a New Mexico couple stumbles across human remains while walking with their dogs.