Man arrested, charged in unsolved 1992 murder case

Faith Castro
September 20, 2017

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

Lisa Ziegert was 24 when she disappeared from her second job at a card store in Agawam in the spring of 1992.

As investigators taking another look at the cold case were honing in on Schara, Gulluni said, a person close to Schara last week contacted investigators and provided them with handwritten documents, purportedly written by Schara, in which Schara allegedly admitted to abducting, raping and murdering Ziegert.

"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. He also said Schara tried committing suicide before he was arrested Saturday in CT. He was found at a Rockville hospital, where he was arrested.

Investigators on the case, many of whom have since retired, vowed never to stop searching for the killer.

For 25 years Lisa Ziegert's family have sought answers and justice in her murder.

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It wasn't immediately clear if Schara had an attorney.

"We have a sense of why he did it, yes", Gulluni said in response to a reporter's question.

"We are so grateful and - 'happy" is the wrong word, I can't use the word 'happy, ' because in this situation, we're not happy - but we are so grateful for the hard work and determination and faith that all of these investigators had over all these years, ' Dee Ziegert, the victim's mother, said Monday, NBC Connecticut reported. She held a picture of her daughter. "... No matter how long it takes, you can always be brought to justice".

They matched that DNA with Schara, who was identified as a person of interest at the time of the murder-though DNA testing was not then available. He was released from the medical facility Monday and is now in the custody of the Connecticut State Police on a fugitive from justice charge as he awaits extradition to MA.

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