An unsolved murder in Greenville is connected to an unsolved double homicide, an attempted murder and a rape in two other states, officials say.

Genevieve “Jenny” Zitricki, a systems programmer for Michelin, was beaten and strangled to death in April 1990 in her Hidden Lakes apartment, on Villa Road in Greenville. The killer broke in through a back door, investigators said. A maintenance man found Zitricki’s body in her bathtub days after she was killed.

Earlier this month, detectives with the Greenville Police Department’s new cold case unit announced that DNA in the Zitricki homicide is linked to the March 1998 deaths of Sherri Scherer, 37, and her daughter, Megan, 12, in Portageville, Missouri.

New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens was also notified this month that DNA from the Scherer murder scene matches DNA recovered from an unsolved 1997 rape in Memphis, Tennessee, and a shooting in Dyersville, Tennessee, some weeks later.

Stevens said investigators from all three cases are working together and have developed new leads.

By Carla Field | WYFF 4