A Pennsylvania woman who escaped from prison in 1998 was arrested in a Log Cabin Road home on Tuesday, Aug. 18.


A Pennsylvania woman who escaped from prison in 1998 was finally arrested in a Log Cabin Road home on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

State Police Cpl. Jaime Dorsey-Sterner said Cynthia Heck, 35, was originally arrested in Pennsylvania in 1998, under the false name Shea Shim. According to the Allentown Police Department, the charges were prostitution and shoplifting.

Heck escaped from Lehigh County Women's Correctional Center on Aug. 10 of that year. There was no sign of her for more than a decade, Dorsey said, until Delaware State Police got a tip that she was living on Log Cabin road, near Milford.

Ed Sweeney, director of corrections in Lehigh County, said Heck was found guilty and ordered to serve between four and 12 months. She was sent to the Lehigh County Women's Correctional Center on Aug. 5, 1998. While there, she was to take part in a rehabilitation program for female offenders, Sweeney said.

The rehab center was about four blocks from the corrections center, and because the inmates were not considered dangerous, they were allowed to walk to sessions on their own, he said.

“She was there for all of five days and she decided not to come back,” Sweeney said, referring to her Aug. 10, 1998 escape.

There was no sign of her for more than a decade, Dorsey said, until Delaware State Police got a tip that she was living on Log Cabin road, near Milford.

After her arrest near Milford, Heck was back in a Pennsylvania jail by Aug. 20, Sweeney said.

“She waived any extradition rights and we went down there and picked her up right away,” Sweeney said.

Heck is being held on a $15,000 bond on the escape charge, but will not be released because she still must serve time on the prostitution charge, he added.

“Even if she posted bail, she isn’t going anywhere,” Sweeney said.

He added he had no idea what Heck had been doing for the past 11 years.
 

“I can tell you she has not been picked up or involved in any criminal activity, at least according to our records,” he said.

Dorsey said Police arrived at the home in question at 8:30 p.m. and found Heck living there. She was arrested without incident.

According to phone records, she apparently had been living on Log Cabin Road under her real name for at least six years.

Jeff Brown contributed to this story