Man Due In Court In 1992 Agawam Rape, Murder

20 September, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Earnest Huff
  • Springfield-Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni announced the charges

During a press conference Monday, the Hampden County District Attorney said DNA testing and analysis confirmed Schara was their suspect.

The DNA of Schara, who was described as a person of interest years ago, was found at the scene, but investigators didn't have a sample to test it against until last week, Gulluni said. In 2016, Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni released a computer generated sketch of a possible suspect in the crime.

The 24-year-old Agawam assistant teacher was working her night job at a gift shop when she disappeared. Her body was found four days later on Easter Sunday in woods about four miles from where she was abducted, the news organization reported. Investigators determined she had been raped before being stabbed.

Schara was located by investigators at a medical facility in CT.

No explanation was provided for his attempted suicide. He was released from the medical facility Monday and is now in the custody of the Connecticut State Police on a fugitive from justice charge as he awaits extradition to MA.

The victim's mother Dee Ziegert said'We are so grateful for the hard work and determination and faith that all of these investigators had over all these years

Police made headway in the case after distributing a computer-generated picture past year, using DNA found at the scene to estimate what a possible suspect would look like, reports said.

Over the years, the single-source, male DNA profile developed from evidence in the case repeatedly was run against state, national and global DNA databases, without a match, Gulluni said.

Massachusetts State Police tried to notify him about the process last Wednesday, but he was not home.

The district attorney says Thursday, someone close to Schara gave police information confirming his involvement in Ziegert's killing. Police then learned he had fled to CT, where they found him after he attempted suicide, Gulluni said.

A new development has come in a MA rape and murder case that had remained cold for 25 years. Schara was a patient at the hospital, according to the newspaper.

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