Suspect in Homicide

The Philadelphia Police Department has issued the composite sketch at right with the legend,


  • olive skinned male approx. 25 years,
  • approx. 5'10", thin build,
  • short dark hair.
  • Wanted for investigation of a homicide on 5-7-98 at 200 block of South 23rd St.
  • If you have information, please contact the Homicide Division S.I.U. at (215) 686-3334 , 686-3335 or 686-3336. (In reference to Homicide case M 98-106 DC 98/09/028296)

The homicide is that of Shannon Schieber, the 24-year-old Wharton doctoral candidate whose body was discovered in her Center City apartment on May 7, 1998. After concluding that she had been killed by an intruder who broke in through a balcony door, the police circulated a list of missing items--a pen set with a wood-grain finish, a 15" silver necklace with a 1 1/2-carat cubic zirconia and a Cannon ELPH camera, but with no results. Now, DNA evidence found at the scene of the Schieber murder has been linked to that found in two unsolved cases of rape in 1997. One of the victims was able to provide a description and help police develop the sketch now being circulated.

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 23, March 2, 1999