Family 'grateful' after DNA cracks 25-year-old slay

Family 'grateful' after DNA cracks 25-year-old slay

Family 'grateful' after DNA cracks 25-year-old slay

A break in the case came a year ago, when Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni released a phenotype composite sketch generated from DNA at the crime scene.

Authorities announced the arrest of Gary Schara Monday in the 1992 rape and murder of a 24-year-old teacher's aide.

"They never, ever gave up on Lisa".

"We are so grateful for the hard work and determination and faith that all of these investigators had over all these years", said Diane "Dee" Ziegert. She had been raped and stabbed.

Ziegert's body was discovered four days later in a wooded area approximately four miles from where she was abducted.

He was discharged from the CT medical facility on Monday and is now being held in CT on a fugitive from justice charge, WSHM reports.

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The next day, a clerk arrived to find the store open, with its lights on, and Lisa's vehicle parked where it had been the previous evening. The money in the store's register and her purse were undisturbed.

On September 18, Gary Schara, 48, was charged in Vernon, Connecticut, with Ziegert's April 1992 rape and murder.

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.

Investigators then obtained samples of Schara's DNA through search warrants, and they matched the profile taken from Ziegert's body, Gulluni said. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Investigators stopped at Schara's home on Wednesday to notify him of a subpoena process to collect his DNA, but he was not home, and they left a message with a person in the house.

The next day, a tipster provided troopers with information about Schara's involvement in the murder-including hand-written documents in which Schara purportedly admits to abducting, raping, and killing Ziegert. He also said Schara tried committing suicide before he was arrested Saturday in CT.

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