Heidi Rus is back home but investigation into kidnapping continues
PASCO, Wash. - The search for Heidi Rus started in Pendleton, Oregon and spanned across the country. It ended last Friday when U.S. Marshals, working on a tip, found Heidi in a Las Vegas apartment.
Investigators think she was living with her mother Michelle Finley and a man from the Tri-Cities named William Rahm.
Since Friday, Tom and his daughter have spent time reconnecting and sight seeing. On Tuesday night, the two landed to a homecoming welcome at the Tri-Cities airport.
Even though Heidi is home, the investigation is still on-going. Police said they think the apartment in Las Vegas was already set up and paid for and now they want to know who's behind the money.
But for the 7-year-old girl all that matters is being home with her dad. The two said they're ready to start their lives where they left off at the end of September. Heidi is especially excited to see her friends.
"We're going to hug her and dog pile on her and lick her," joked one of Heidi's classmates from school.
For now, William Rahm who was living with the two is not in custody. Police said they haven't proven he helped Michelle Finley plan and carry out the alleged abduction. As for the girl's mother, it's up to federal prosecutors if they're going to charge her. Otherwise, she'll face charges in both Washington and Oregon.