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Heather Donahue

Heather Donahue was a film student of Montgomery College who disappeared while filming a documentary on the Blair Witch.

Biography Edit

Childhood Edit

Heather was the daughter of Angie Donahue, granddaughter of Randy Donahue, the sister of James Donahue and the cousin of Cade Merill.

Heather lived in Montgomery County, Maryland, and attended Wheaton High School. During a school production of Romeo and Juliet, she became best friends with Rachel Meyer.

Heather later attended Montgomery College, studying filmmaking. Michael DeCoto, the film professor, considered her to be one of the best students he'd ever taught. He considered her committed, energetic, and very creative. 

The Blair Witch Project Edit

Main article: The Blair Witch Project
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Heather on first day of shooting.

In April of 1994, Heather submitted a proposal to Mr. DeCoto to create a documentary on the Burkittsville-area legend of the Blair Witch. She intended to tell the story of the Blair Witch through interviews with Burkittsville natives, local law enforcement officials on the Rustin Parr case, and folklore experts.

The heart of the documentary would be a weekend hike into the Black Hills Forest to visit some of the locations associated with the legend.

Because she'd worked with him on several projects in the past and got along well, Joshua Leonard was approached to be the director of photography and he brought along his friend Michael Williams to do sound.

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Heather in Black Hills Forest.

The three students disappeared in the Black Hills Forest and were never found. After ten days and thousands of man-hours of searching, the only piece of evidence found was Josh's car.

Film Footage Edit

In October 1995, a University of Maryland class uncovered the filmmaker's footage buried in the sterile under the foundation of a colonial-era house. Federal examiners analyzed the footages.

Journal Edit

Heather kept a journal during the filming of the The Blair Witch Project. It was recovered along with the film footage by a University of Maryland anthropology class.

Blair Witch Volumes (Video Game series) Edit

Heather is briefly seen in Blair Witch Volume I: Rustin Parr, being killed by the titular antagonist. The games are mainly a crossover with the Nocturne video game series and are not considered canonical in the movie timeline.

Blair Witch (2016) Edit

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Heather appears before James in an allusion.

Twenty years after her disappearance, her brother James begins his search into finding his missing sister, only to suffer the same fate as Heather. Though her ultimate fate is unknown, Heather did briefly manifest to James, with her white cardigan reduced to rags and a hat on her head.

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