Man Charged in 1992 Murder of Lisa Ziegert

Man Charged in 1992 Murder of Lisa Ziegert

Man Charged in 1992 Murder of Lisa Ziegert

During a press conference Monday, the Hampden County District Attorney said DNA testing and analysis confirmed Schara was their suspect.

An arrest has been made in the decades-old murder of a teacher's aid from Agawam.

For the last 25 years, a joint investigation into Ziegert's murder has been conducted by the Agawam Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney's Office, Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory and the FBI. A medical examiner determined that she had been raped and stabbed.

On April 15, 1992, Ziegert was kidnapped from Brittany Card & Gift Shoppe where she worked. Her body was found in a wooded area 4 miles away four days later.

The next day, a clerk arrived to find the store open, with its lights on, and Lisa's auto parked where it had been the previous evening.

When police tried to speak to Schara, they learned that he had fled to CT, and had been hospitalized there following a suicide attempt.

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Investigators began to look back at persons of interest whose DNA was not on file, he said.

Schara is charged with murder, aggravated rape and kidnapping in the death of Lisa Ziegert, 24. The money in the store's cash register as well as the victim's purse and school materials appeared undisturbed.

Police made headway in the case after distributing a computer-generated picture previous year, using DNA found at the scene to estimate what a possible suspect would look like, reports said.

"There's a significant amount of resources the DA provided to the case that. led to this new development", Leydon said, adding that Gulluni has been in touch with Ziegert's family. State troopers in MA tried to notify Schara about this process last Wednesday, according to Gulluni.

The next day, a person close to Schara contacted police with information about handwritten documents in which he admitted raping and killing Ziegert, Gulluni said. It was not immediately clear whether Schara has an attorney. Schara, 48, had fled to CT and attempted to kill himself, Gulluni said.

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