What Happened to Scott Sessions & Heather Frank?
by Ryan Gill · Published · Updated
Dateline NBC is set to air a special episode titled “The Last Weekend” on Friday, December 8, 2023, at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. This episode delves into the complex and tragic case of Scott Sessions, whose brutal murder in the Colorado Rocky Mountains sent shockwaves through the local community and beyond.
Scott Sessions, a 53-year-old talented trumpet player, was known for his punctuality and dedication. Alarm bells rang when he missed a scheduled performance at The Candlelight Dinner Playhouse on February 10, 2020. His absence was out of character, causing concern among his bandmates and family.
Searching for Clues
The following day, Scott’s father, Stan Sessions, reported his son missing. The grim news came shortly after: Scott’s body was found by a snowplow driver near Poudre Canyon. The details were horrifying: his body was intentionally burned, wrapped in plastic, and bound with duct tape.
An autopsy revealed a violent death. Scott’s throat was slit with such force that it nearly resulted in decapitation. The nature of the injuries suggested a murder fueled by rage, leaving investigators and the community in shock.
Investigators scoured Sessions’ home and analyzed his cell phone data to piece together his final movements. They discovered that his last known location was just 3 miles from his residence. His car was later found in a supermarket parking lot, the keys still in the ignition, adding another layer of mystery to the case.
A significant breakthrough came from accessing Sessions’ Facebook Messenger account. Investigators learned about Heather Frank, a local waitress whom Sessions had recently met and started dating. This connection opened a new avenue in the investigation.
Heather Frank, described as fun-loving and stylish, had a complicated relationship with Kevin Eastman, her on-again, off-again boyfriend. Their tumultuous past, marked by allegations of domestic abuse, made them persons of interest.
Sessions’ last known interaction was with Heather Frank, planning to meet at her apartment. After this meeting, Sessions’ phone went dark, and Frank and Eastman’s phones were tracked moving towards Poudre Canyon, where Sessions’ body was later discovered.
Based on the evidence, authorities arrested Heather Frank and Kevin Eastman. They believed that Frank and Eastman were together in the apartment with Sessions and that they traveled to Poudre Canyon shortly after Sessions’ phone last pinged.
In a shocking development, Heather Frank’s body was discovered on a rural Weld County property. She had been shot twice in the chest, and her body was wrapped similarly to Sessions’. This finding implicated Eastman further in the double homicide.
The Trial and Conviction
Kevin Eastman faced trial for the murders of Heather Frank and Scott Sessions. Prosecutors argued that the case was about domestic violence, power, and control. Eastman was found guilty and sentenced to consecutive life sentences plus 27 years.
The community and the families of the victims struggled to come to terms with the brutal nature of the crimes. Stan Sessions, expressing his determination not to let this tragedy define his life, contrasted with others who found forgiveness elusive.