Man charged with killing Salina woman

Charged with first-degree murder.
Charged with first-degree murder.

SALINA, Kansas — A man accused of killing a Salina woman who had been missing for two weeks was formally charged Monday.

Twenty-four-year-old Joel Heil appeared in court by video camera from the jail.

He was charged with first-degree murder for the death of 27-year-old Kristin Tyler, a mother of four who disappeared April 25.

Her body was found Thursday in a ravine near the junction of I-70 and I-135.

Investigators have not released a possible motive for her murder. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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