Cold case murder investigation leads to arrest of librarian

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo cold case investigation stemming from the murder of an elderly war veteran in 1983 has led to the indictment of a Buffalo woman, who was arrested Tuesday without incident.

Saundra Adams, 50, is being held without bail on two counts of second degree murder in the strangulation death of Edmund Schreiber, who was 92 years old.

Calling this, “a good day for justice,” prosecutors credited the determination of Buffalo homicide detectives, and advances in DNA science, for cracking this 33 year old cold case, using fingerprints and DNA evidence to lead to the arrest.

The indictment accuses Adams and an unknown accomplice of breaking into Schreiber’s home on June 23, 1983, tying Schreiber up, and strangling the decorated WWI veteran with his own neckties. Adams was only 17 years old at the time.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Finnerty told Erie County Judge David Foley Schreiber’s Hastings Ave. home had been ransacked, and his body was found lying in his bed.

“In Mr. Schreiber’s bedroom, where his body was found, a fingerprint was found on a ransacked dresser,” and Finnerty said the incident seemed to start out as a burglary, “which then resulted in the death of Mr. Schreiber, and the fingerprint on that ransacked dresser belongs to the defendant.”

Acting Erie County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty pointed out the irony in Schreiber’s violent death, “Mr. Schreiber survived World War I, but he did not survive those who, during the night of June 23, 1983, invaded his home, attacked him, and took his life.”

Saundra Adams was arrested without incident Tuesday, and in court her attorney appealed to Judge Foley to set a reasonable bail because Adams is, among other things, a librarian.

But Assistant District Attorney Finnerty told the judge Adams had lied to investigators on more than one occasion, and Foley ordered Adams held without bail, pending a bail hearing, as the investigation continues. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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