DNA on halter top leads to arrest in teen's 1977 killing

Sharon Schollmeyer, 16, was found dead in the bathtub in her apartment at 125 E. First Ave. on Dec. 5, 1977.

Salt Lake City Police Department

SALT LAKE CITY -- A man arrested last week in the 1977 killing of a Salt Lake City teen has been extradited to Utah.

The Deseret News reports 59-year-old Patrick McCabe of Bell, Florida, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Sunday. Authorities accuse him of killing 16-year-old Sharon Schollmeyer.

McCabe was arrested Wednesday in Florida. He faces charges of murder, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated burglary.

On December 1977, the girl’s mother found her emancipated daughter naked, blindfolded and gagged in her bathtub. An autopsy determined she died from strangulation and suffocation.

The arrest warrant says DNA testing of a halter top produced a profile matched to McCabe, who in 1999 was convicted of a sexual offense against a minor.

The newspaper reports McCabe told police he used his apartment manager key to get into the teen’s apartment.