Man Charged in 1992 Murder of Lisa Ziegert

Man Charged in 1992 Murder of Lisa Ziegert

A spokesman for DA Gulluni told the Boston Globe that Ziegert's murder ranks as "one of the most notorious unsolved cases in Western Massachusetts..."

"Through the determined and skilled work of many investigators, we have arrested the person responsible for the heinous acts committed against Lisa and the 25-year-long search for answer is over", Gulluni said. She had been sexually assaulted and murdered.

More than 25 years after her murder, a suspect has been charged in the 1992 killing of a MA middle school teacher's aide. She had been stabbed and raped.

Schara, 48, appeared in a Vernon, Connecticut courtroom Monday, where he is charged with murder, aggravated rape and kidnapping in the killing of 24-year-old Lisa Ziegert.

Her body was found four days later in a wooded area.

Schara's arrest came after authorities made a decision to circle back to persons of interest in the case whose DNA profiles had never been run against evidence taken from Ziegert's body, Gulluni said.

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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.

CT state police took a MA man into custody Monday on a fugitive from justice warrant charging him with the 1992 slaying of a woman in Agawam, Mass.

On April 15, 1992, Ziegert was kidnapped from Brittany Card & Gift Shoppe where she worked. She was reported missing the next day, when the day clerk arrived to find the store open and the lights still on.

Last year, Gulluni released a computer-generated rendering of a suspect using new technology that analyzed DNA found at the crime scene to predict the suspect's physical characteristics. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Last year, a single source male DNA profile was developed from evidence taken from Lisa's body.

Schara was located in CT the next day after a suicide attempt, and arrested when his DNA was found to be a match.

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