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2011 Barstow Murder Solved By DNA Evidence

BARSTOW – The 2011 murder of a 38-year-old Columbia, Tennessee woman was unsolved until a recent DNA match located the killer. Nearly 6 years ago, on April 18, 2011, a hiker in the desert area at the end of the 2500 block of Commerce Parkway in the City of Barstow located a decomposed and partially clothed body that was later identified as Lisa Marie Talarico.

An autopsy of the remains determined that the cause of death was a homicide. Over the years, all leads were followed and exhausted. Evidence located at the crime scene was revisited on numerous occasions and sent to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Scientific Investigations Division for analysis.

In early December 2016, Barstow Police were notified that further analysis of the evidence revealed that the murderer was a male. After establishing the sex of the murderer, members of the Scientific Investigation Division submitted the DNA profile of the male suspect to the National DNA Index System and received a DNA hit, with the hit matching that of William Carl Schick.

Schick has a prior conviction of rape in the City of Wood County, Ohio in 1985. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was released in November 2010. Only two days after the body of Talarico was located, Schick was arrested for the rape of a motel clerk in Nephi, Utah. A sample of Schick’s DNA was collected and submitted to the National DNA Index after he was convicted of first-degree aggravated sexual assault. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He is currently being held at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah.

On December 19, 2016, two Barstow Station detectives traveled to Utah to continue the investigation. During the investigation, detectives were able to interview Schick. Following the interview, detectives found additional evidence connecting Schick to the 2011 murder of Lisa Talarico. Charges were filed for Schick on Wednesday, January 4, 2016, but the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office. A warrant will be forwarded to the Utah Department of Corrections in order to initiate extradition proceedings.

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Keith Libby at 760-255-5134 or Detective Andrew Reyes at 760-255-5183 or the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211.  Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

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