Police Now Believe That Mom Not Seen in 28 Years Was Killed

Cops reopen California cold case based on new evidence
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2017 12:47 PM CDT
Woman's 1989 Disappearance 'Very Much a Homicide'
Sheri Muhleman disappeared in 1989. California police are now investigating it as a homicide.   (Fremont Police Department.)

Nearly 30 years after a California mother disappeared—her body has never been found—police got a break in the case. "About six months ago, we got a couple contacts from people who really wanted to get some things off their chest," Det. Jacob Blass of the Fremont Police Department tells KGO. Sheri Muhleman sent her 5-year-old daughter to school on the morning of Feb. 27, 1989. The San Francisco Examiner reports Muhleman was last seen that same morning by her boyfriend, Michael Abraham, and Abraham's sister while packing up her stuff at Abraham's home. Apparently Abraham didn't trust Muhleman to take care of their daughter or his house while he was away in a work furlough program.

On Wednesday, the case was reopened based on new statements and reviews of old evidence. Blass says it's not that unusual for new information in a cold case to surface decades later. He says people who are sick or realize they're getting older finally decide to come forward. Blass says the new information has made it clear Muhleman's disappearance was "very much a homicide." Fremont police are now actively investigating the case and looking for anyone with information regarding Muhleman's disappearance, CBS San Francisco reports. Police say even things that once seemed unimportant could now be important in the case. (More cold cases stories.)

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