Cheri Huss She was 39 years old when she was stabbed to death in the small town of Desert Hot Springs, California on April 24, 1994. In addition to multiple stab wounds, the killer left multiple bite marks on the victim’s body.
Saliva from the killer’s teeth has now led to the arrest.
According to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Sharron Eugene Gadlin48 years old, was arrested on March 4, 2022 after being pulled over by investigators in Gardena, California.
“I hope Cheri and her family finally get the justice they deserve and have been waiting for so long,” said Riverside County District Attorney. Mike Hestrin said in a statement. “Our cold case team will continue to use cutting edge technology to solve old murder cases throughout Riverside County. Our prosecutors will continue to vigorously prosecute these killers until we get justice for their victims.”
Huss, a mother of three, was found dead in her own apartment. Homicide investigators determined she attempted to fend off her assailant, leading to his blood being found at the crime scene. Testing then determined that the killer was male and that the blood matched the DNA profile of the saliva in the bites.
Huss’ body was found by her parents on her floor. The woman who was killed was partially nude. She was just talking to her parents the night before, according to Desert sun.
“She looks desperate,” said Huss’ mother, Ruth Friedman, told the newspaper in 1998. “She told us that someone had taken a picture of her and hung up when she answered the phone. It is horrifying.”
The victim’s children were all 14, 13 and 8 years old at the time of her murder. They were staying with their father – the couple was previously divorced – on the night of horror mentioned.
However, years passed and the case finally cooled down.
Even efforts to obtain results using the FBI’s vaunted Combined DNA Index System (or CODIS) have been futile. That system matches unknown DNA profiles with those of known offenders – and it has outstanding features in many cold cases resolved in the past few years. The DA said it was unable to respond to Huss’ case.
According to Hestrin, “years of investigation and routine efforts to match the suspect’s DNA profile” with a CODIS hit “have yielded no results.”
But everything changed just last month.
On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2022, forensic genetic pedigree led the Riverside County Area Cold Case Team to develop Gadlin as a person of interest in the case. Additional investigation determined defendant lived in Thousand Palms, California in 1994, approximately 12 miles from where Huss was found murdered.
Police soon obtained a court order, and a saliva sample from Gadlin was collected later that same day. Four days later, on February 18, 2022, the California Department of Justice’s crime lab returned results showing that Gadlin’s recently provided sample matched the saliva-related DNA profile found. in the bite.
It is not clear whether the victim and the accused knew each other.
[image via Riverside County District Attorney’s Office]
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