MA prosecutors say they've made an arrest in the slaying of a middle school teacher's aide 25 years ago.
"They never give up, whatever you do, no matter how long it takes, you can always be brought to justice", she said at a press conference Monday.
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. She was 24 years old at the time of her murder. A medical examiner determined that she had been raped and stabbed.
Ziegert, a 24-year-old Agawam woman, was working her night job at a card shop when she disappeared, the store found open with her auto and belongings abandoned there the following day.
On September 18, Gary Schara, 48, was charged in Vernon, Connecticut, with Ziegert's April 1992 rape and murder.More news: Syria's Deir al-Zor Air Base Working Again
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The DNA sample had been run against databases in the past, and investigators made a decision to take another look at prior persons of interest who did not appear in existing DNA databases.
CT state police took a MA man into custody Monday on a fugitive from justice warrant charging him with the 1992 slaying of a woman in Agawam, Mass. Her body was found in a wooded area 4 miles away four days later.
Upon arriving in the morning the clerk found the store open, the lights on, and the victim's vehicle parked where it was the night before. The money in the store's register and her purse were undisturbed. It was not immediately clear whether Schara has an attorney.
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. He also said Schara tried committing suicide before he was arrested Saturday in CT.