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Man arrested, charged in unsolved 1992 murder case

20 September 2017

Investigators have made an arrest in a cold case murder that has gone unsolved for a quarter of a century.

For 25 years Lisa Ziegert's family have sought answers and justice in her murder.

The mother of a woman abducted and murdered 25 years ago voiced gratitude as authorities announced an arrest in the case yesterday.

A man has been charged with the 1992 killing of a middle school teacher's aide after testing confirmed that his DNA matched evidence found at the crime scene, authorities said Monday. Her throat had been cut and she had multiple stab wounds.

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Gary Edward Schara, 48, of West Springfield, was taken into custody in Stafford at Johnson Memorial Hospital, according to the Hartford Courant. Her body was found four days later in a wooded area about four miles away.

A man charged with raping and killing a MA teacher's aide after abducting her from her night job at a card shop 25 years ago was ordered held without bail Tuesday.

With the help of the rendering, detectives who were giving the case a fresh look honed in on a small group of people of interest who had surfaced in the investigation over the years, but for whom investigators did not have DNA samples.

Upon arriving in the morning the clerk found the store open, the lights on, and the victim's auto parked where it was the night before. The following day, a person close to him gave state police handwritten documents in which Schara admitted to the abduction, rape, and murder of Ziegert, the DA said.

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Last year, the district attorney's office released a composite image of the suspect in Ziegert's slaying through a process called DNA phenotyping, which uses genetic material to predict the physical appearance and ancestry of an unknown individual.

Last year, Gulluni said investigators found a single source male DNA from an unknown individual that was developed from various items seized from Zeigert's body and the crime scene. Schara, 48, had fled to CT and attempted to kill himself, Gulluni said.

Schara had earlier been treated at a hospital in Hartford for what Mass Live refers to as "unspecified medical issues". "... No matter how long it takes, you can always be brought to justice".

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Man arrested, charged in unsolved 1992 murder case