Boyfriend Charged with First Degree Murder in Connection to Cumberland Woman's Disappearance

Boyfriend Charged with First Degree Murder in Connection to Cumberland Woman's Disappearance

Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit arrested a Cumberland man on Tuesday in connection with the disappearance and suspected death of 43-year-old Lisa Ann Simmons.
Simmons was reported missing on September 9, 2013.
Simmons was reported missing on September 9, 2013.
CUMBERLAND, Md. - Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit arrested a Cumberland man on Tuesday in connection with the disappearance and suspected death of 43-year-old Lisa Ann Simmons. 

Police say Stephen George Schleuniger, 44, is charged with first-degree murder, first and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment after multiple search warrants and DNA analysis linked him to Simmons disappearance. 

On September 9, 2013 family members of Simmons reported her missing to Cumberland Police. They said Simmons had not been seen, nor reported to work since Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Investigators say Simmons' family, friends and co-workers said they had not seen her since she last worked. All stated that it was not like Simmons to not contact her family, not report to work and to leave behind her pet dogs without making arrangement for their care. 

On the next day September 10, 2013 Cumberland Police say they met with the family at Simmons' house on Browning Street as part of the investigation. Police say they found bloody foot prints on the front porch leading from the home. The C3I Unit was then called in. 

Investigators say a search warrant was obtained for the house, and members discovered an area of the rug in the front room that appeared to have been recently cleaned and was still wet. Investigators say they found what appeared to be a large blood stain on the underside of the rug and on the floor beneath the rug. The stain was tested positive for the presence of blood. The scene was processed by Crime Scene Technicians with the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division. 

During the investigation, it was determined that there had been a physical confrontation between Schleuniger, Simmons' live-in boyfriend, and Simmons after she got home from work on Sept. 5, 2013. Neighbors reported to police they heard Simmons yelling for help and saw what they believed to be Schleuniger kicking, or stomping something through the front window. Investigators say the blood stain was found in the same area where the fight occurred. 

Investigators obtained several more search warrants, and a pair of bloody shoes were found inside Schleuniger's truck that matched the bloody prints on the front porch. DNA analysis from the Maryland State Police Crime Lab indicated the blood on the shoes and rug to be Simmons'. 

Investigaotors with C3I say based on all of the evidence collected and the fact that all possible means of finding Simmons have been exhausted; they believe her to be dead and obtained an arrest warrant for Schleuniger who was taken into custody on Tuesday. 

Schleuniger is currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center without bond pending his next court appearance. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Cumberland Police at (301)-777-1600, or the C3I Unit at (301)-777-0326. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call the Allegany/Mineral Coutny Crime Solvers at (301)-722-4300, where callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to a conviction in this case. 





Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus