Arrest made hours after body found in Newberry home

After allegedly killing his wife in the couple’s Newberry home, 49-year-old Edward Heck drove to Lebanon, Indiana, where he was arrested late Friday night in a motel room on a warrant charging him with homicide, city Police Chief David Young said at police headquarters.

The victim, Sonya Heck, 49, age not available, was found dead in her home, at 2501 Linn St., by her daughter who went to the property to check on Heck’s welfare about 4:30 p.m. Friday, Young said.

The daughter, Emily Rowe, of Williamsport, told police that on Thursday “she received an unusual text from her stepfather, Edward Heck, but she was not alarmed until she received a call on Friday from her mother’s employer that her mother hadn’t showed up for work,” Young said in a statement he released about 11 p.m.

When Rowe arrived at the house, she found her mother dead and notified police, Young said. He declined to say how the woman was killed, but that information, along with other details of the case, may be made public in a matter of days.

Police obtained a warrant from a district judge to search the home and collect evidence at the scene.

“Based off evidence collected at the crime scene, it was determined that Edward Heck had committed this murder,” Young said. He declined to comment on the motive behind the killing or provide further details.

An arrest warrant charging Heck with the murder was quickly prepared and approved by District Attorney Kenneth Osokow.

Through their investigation, police learned that Heck was in Lebanon, Indiana, where he was arrested without incident about 10:45 p.m., Young said. He is being detained in a jail there and is awaiting extradition.

Neighbors and investigators said the Heck had recently moved to Williamsport from Exeter, in Luzerne County, so that Sonya Heck could be closer to her grandchildren.

The couple moved into the Linn Street property in the last two to three months, one neighbor told the Sun-Gazette.