Why M-Vac

Justice After 39 Years

The victim was found deceased in her bathtub on Monday, December 5, 1977.  She had a scarf tied around her head covering her covering her eyes and nose.  She had been gagged with a halter top that was tied around her mouth.  The halter top was submitted for DNA collection using the M-Vac in September of 2013.  DNA testing was performed on the resulting sample. 

Sharon SchollmeyerIt yielded a DNA profile which was entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).  In December 2016, 39 years after the murder, a match was made.

Sharon Schollmeyer's murderer and building manager, post-Miranda, admitted in March 2017 to using his key to enter her apartment late at night.  He was sentenced in June 2017 following a plea deal to murder in the second degree, a first-degree felony.

References:

https://www.forensicmag.com/news/2017/06/murder-teen-found-gagged-bathtub-solved-40-years-later-m-vac-dna-collection

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=43990137&nid=148&title=florida-man-admits-to-cold-case-rape-murder-of-16-year-old-salt-lake-girl