One man facing charges after Monroe County homicide

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EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A man was bludgeoned to death in Monroe County Sunday morning. Police do have a suspect in custody.

But a neighbor tells Eyewitness News what she believes could have led to the early-morning attack. One man is dead, another is in jail and a terrified fiancé is caught in the middle.

A neighbor gave some insight as to what went wrong on Lock Lane. Around 4:30 Sunday morning, Linda Serfass, heard yelling outside her neighbor’s home on Lock Lane.

“Then I heard sirens and the police. I came downstairs and I figured they were arguing and she came running over and said that her fiancé had killed their friend,” Serfass said.

Law enforcement found the body of 57-year-old Howard Dean Dowell at the scene. The cause of death: blunt force trauma to the head, according to Monroe County Coroner Tommy Yanac.

“He stopped by, I guess to see that she made it home okay, and they were waiting for Harry to come home and he fell asleep on the couch, she went to bed and the fiancé came home and killed him,” Serfass said.

Pennsylvania State Police arrested Harold Elmer Heffer and charged him with criminal homicide.
The incident left neighbors shaken up.

“To know that, that’s kind of scary. That’s why I got the shakes now, to know that but yeah…It’s terrifying,” neighbor Tyler Figueroa said.

But Serfass says no one seemed more shocked than Heffer’s fiancé.

“She never expected him to do anything like this. She said, ‘how can you kill somebody?'” Serfass said.

Heffer was arraigned Sunday and will remain in the Monroe County Jail without bail.

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