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Sabrina Kahler

A young woman goes missing after swimming with a friend

  • Last updated: September 4, 2023
  • Erie, PA
  • June 24, 2002

Overview of Sabrina Kahler

Sabrina, “Bree” as she was known to family and friends, was special from the time she was born.

She had some difficulty breathing and stopped on several occasions, needing to be resuscitated. This caused a lack of oxygen to the brain, which in turn caused some mental delays in development. Bree, who disappeared 4 days after her 20th birthday, was mentally only about 14-16 years of age. Sabrina was kind and loving. She was very trusting and naive even with people she barely knew.

On the day that she disappeared, she left to go swimming with her boyfriend’s friend, David Heck.

He picked her up in his Ford Bronco, and that was the last time that her family saw her. She was wearing a bathing suit, shorts, and gym shoes and said she’d be back by 4 that afternoon. Heck and Sabrina went to a local swimming hole at Eagley Park. It was a place that locals mainly frequented so there likely were not many people there. After a half-hour of swimming, there was apparently a confrontation between Heck and his previous girlfriend - a dispute that was still boiling over from the day prior. The pair left Eagley Park and headed to the Tasty Twist ice cream stand to call the police. A Pennsylvania State Trooper arrived and escorted them back to the park where Heck gave his ex-girlfriend a pair of pants that belonged to her.

This is the last confirmed sighting of Sabrina.

 When questioned about her disappearance, Heck claimed that he took Sabrina to the West Erie Plaza Movie Theater and he gave her money so she could see the film Lilo & Stitch and then get back home. Law Enforcement has publicly stated that they doubt this story. On the day of her disappearance, Sabrina was wearing a bathing suit, shorts, and gym shoes. Her dark blond hair had been cut short just a few months before she disappeared, but before was long and to her waist. She had pierced ears and also had braces.

Where the case stands today.

Sabrina’s family has no further evidence in the case, which is cold. They have no body and no closure. From Sabrina’s sister: “Her blue eyes were so bright and full of life and I am afraid that this man has taken that away from her, but we have no proof. Sabrina would have called by now. She would have certainly contacted my mother or brother Scott.”


  1. Date Missing:June 24, 2002
  2. Birthday:June 20, 1982
  3. Current Age:41
  4. Age at Incident:20
  5. NAMUS Number:MP863
  6. Race:Caucasian / White
  7. Gender:Female
  8. Height:5'1" - 5'3"
  9. Weight:125-135 lbs
  10. Hair Color:Blonde

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