ViCAP Alert

ViCAP Alert

ViCAP Alert
Attention Violent Crime, Cold Case, and Crime Analysis Units
Serial Murder – South Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee


On April 4, 1990, Genevieve Zitricki, a 28-year-old white female, was blitz attacked while she slept in her apartment in Greenville, South Carolina. The offender forced entry via the patio sliding glass door. The victim was beaten, strangled to death, and later found in her bathtub. The offender left a threatening message on Zitricki’s mirror.

On March 28, 1998, Sherri Scherer and her 12-year-old daughter, Megan, were found murdered inside their farmhouse near Portageville, Missouri. Both victims were shot with a .22 caliber gun, and Megan had been sexually assaulted.

Two hours later and 40 miles away in Dyersburg, Tennessee, a white male approached a woman in her mobile home and asked for directions. A struggle ensued, and the stranger fired a shot through the door, striking the woman in the shoulder. The victim survived her injuries. The unknown male left the premises in a full-size van, possibly maroon in color.

The Missouri and Tennessee cases are linked by ballistics, and the South Carolina and Missouri cases are linked forensically to a common unknown offender. In 1998, a description of the offender was provided.

Assistance Requested

We are looking for other similar, unsolved homicides from the time frame prior to the 1990 murder in South Carolina up until the present, particularly in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. To provide or request additional information, please contact Detective Tim Conroy, Greenville, South Carolina, Police Department, at 864-467-5340 or; Sergeant W.T. (Bud) Cooper, Missouri State Highway Patrol, at 573-225-1050 or; Investigator Chris Hensley, New Madrid, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department, at 573-748-2516; Investigator Terry McCreight, Dyer County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office, at 731-285-2802, extension 112 or; or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or

Alert # 2012-07-02, Released 07/27/2012, JMS

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