Friday, January 19, 2001

Who was the skeleton? State expert to tell today

Police ask for help in finding killer

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT THOMAS — A state forensic anthropologist will reveal today whether the skeletal remains discovered last spring along the Ohio River belonged to Henry Scharf, an East Coast stockbroker with a questionable past.

        Dr. Emily Craig is revealing the identity at a 10 a.m. press conference at the city police station. She also said she'll present more details about the man whose skull was found April 22 with a bullet hole.

[photo] This gold money clip was among items found with the man's remains along the Ohio River last year.
(Enquirer file photo)
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        Police Detective Mike Daly revealed Thursday that the dead man hailed from Connecticut, indicating that the remains most likely belonged to Mr. Scharf, a New York stockbroker who disappeared almost 35 years ago while traveling to his Weston, Conn., hometown.

        Detective Daly and Dr. Craig would not confirm the identity, yet they indicated that the case is unfinished. They still need help pinpointing who killed the man.

        Identifying the body “definitely is a breakthrough,” Detective Daly said. But “we really don't have the smoking gun in hand.”

        Mr. Scharf was a 45-year-old stockbroker who disappeared in March 1966. A few days earlier, he appeared before a federal grand jury in New York. Along with three others, he was charged with failing to pay about $7 million in foreign stock taxes. They were indicted on the charge later that year.

        Last spring, two boys were fishing in the Ohio River, off Ky. 8 near Tower Drive, when they discovered the skeleton. The bones indicated that the man was between 30 and 50 years old, close to 6 feet, 4 inches and at least 250 pounds. He had a 46-inch waist and a 58-inch chest.

        Dr. Craig joined police in scouring the area and also discovered cuff links, money clips, a pair of glasses with diamond chips in the frames, and a couple of keys bearing the initials HS.

        Fort Thomas police have been working with Connecticut authorities.

       To help Fort Thomas Police investigate, call (859) 441-0300 or Detective Daly, (859) 572-1231.


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