Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Jan Scharf now missing five years, Cameron Park, California

In the past year, the major news on Jan's case is that her estranged husband, who had been convicted of her murder even though no body was ever found, committed suicide, probably taking the secret of Jan's wherabouts with him.

Here is a condensed version of Jan's story from the North American Missing Persons Network, where she is listed as Jani Jo Thompson (Her maiden name, perhaps?):

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: May 14, 2002
from Cameron Park, California
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: July 15, 1956
Age: 45
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 140 lbs.
Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Race: Caucasian
Gender: Female
Jan Scharf, Jani Jo Scharf, Jan Sharpe, Jani Jo
Case Number: 024811
Details of Disappearance
Thompson was last seen on May 14, 2002 at her Cameron Park, California
residence. She had just returned from a 12-hour shift at the University of
California at Davis Medical Center where she worked as a nurse. She had filed
for divorce 5 months before but was still sharing the house with her husband,
Glyn Scharf, as the divorce proceeded. Around 8 pm, a neighbour said she heard a
woman screaming "No, no ... don't, don't" from the Scharfs' driveway then more
screaming. The screaming then stopped and she heard a car speeding away. The
neighbor's roommate went at her request to check outside and noticed that Glyn
Scharf's truck which had been in the driveway earlier, was gone. Her mother and
daughter reported her missing on May 18. The next day, police found Thompson's
abandoned car in Folsom outside a 24-hour gym, she frequented. Authorities found
no evidence of foul play in her car, her husband's truck or their residence.
People who knew her say it is uncharacteristic of her to leave and not tell
anyone. Her belongings were all left behind and her cell phone and ATM card
haven't been used since her disappearance. She also showed no sign that she
wanted to leave, she had just applied for a promotion at her job, was planning
her daughter's wedding, which was set for December 2002, was going to vacation
with friends on Memorial Day and dating someone new. On April 17, just weeks
before her disappearance, Thompson phoned police to report a missing gun from
her home and that her husband had told her he had it. On May 7, 2002, she called
again, saying she thought her husband was poisoning her morning coffee. A crime
lab found evidence of digoxin, a drug for slowing an irregular heartbeat, in her
blood. Thompson believed her husband wanted to make her sick so that she took
him back to take care of her. Scharf had packed her belongings, changed the
locks and invited girlfriends to stay at the house just days following her
disappearance. Scharf was arrested in May 2003 and charged with her murder. In
October 2004, a jury found him guilty of first degree murder and sentenced him
to 25 years to life in prison. Sometime after Glyn Wolfgang Scharf's arrest, a
necklace and ring belonging to his wife were found in a film canister hidden in
some ivy in front of one of his former girlfriend's house. Glyn Scharf was found
in his cell at Pleasant Valley State Prison on March 21, 2007 after overdosing
on antidepressant Amitriptalyne and died six days later in Coalinga Regional
Medical Center.
Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
El Dorado County Sheriff's Department
(530) 621-5703

Jan's profile from the California Department of Justice website is short enough to be used as a poster. You can see it at http://dojapp.doj.ca.gov/missing/detail.asp?FCN=1620213800315. If you find a site that has an actual poster of Jan, please let me know!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You might want to make sure that you check your facts before posting too much information. Although, I will give in to the fact that even the media refused to hear the truth about what happened. Glyn Scharf did not commit suicide, and ,in fact, there are no definite signs of a drug overdose. He died of a bi-lateral pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in his lungs). An investigation is still pending as to what the ailment was that caused him to be hospitalized. Wrong information given to the medical staff from the prison staff has left a large gap as to what actually happened in the first place. The family is still awaiting "official notification" from the prison of his death, and is filing a wrongful death suit. So now you know a little more.