DNA Evidence Collected By M-Vac Helps Solve 40 Year Old Cold Case

Sharon Shollmeyers

In the Sharon Schollmeyers case, the M-Vac came through for us

On December 4th, 1977 Sharon Schollmeyers was a 16 year old girl living in an apartment in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Unfortunately, there was a murderous stalker who was dangerously close and it proved to be deadly for her. According to court documents the next day Sharon was found by her mother naked in her bathtub in 6 inches of water with a gag in her mouth and a halter-top around her head as a blindfold. She had been strangled, suffocated and her death was ruled a homicide.

In the 1977 police report, the building manager, Patrick McCabe, let the victim’s mother into the apartment and waited in the living room as the mother searched for her daughter. When the victim was discovered McCabe made the 911 call to report the incident. Unfortunately, despite a thorough investigation, the case went cold. However, the investigators were astute enough to properly preserve the evidence which would, as new technology became available, provide the DNA profile that would ultimately lead to the arrest. Amazingly, the building manager that had made the original 911 call was the same man that had raped and murdered the victim.

“As a law enforcement agency, we never give up on a case,” stated Detective Wilking, the Salt Lake City PD PIO.  “We are always looking for that piece of the puzzle that will make the difference.  In the Sharon Schollmeyers case, the M-Vac came through for us and produced a full DNA profile that we didn’t have before, which led to the CODIS hit.  Sharon and her family have been waiting almost 40 years for justice, and thanks to the latest in technology, determination and the hard work of many…

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