Arrest made in cold-case murder of bookstore owner Sherry Black

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 10, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — An arrest has been made in the cold-case murder of bookstore owner Sherry Black.

The suspect has been identified as Adam Durborrow, 29, a resident of Orem.

According to Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera, Durborrow was arrested at his residence early Saturday afternoon.

The 64-year-old Black was found beaten to death inside her South Salt Lake business on Nov. 5, 2010.

“At approximately 1:43 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2010 Ms. Black, age 64, was found beaten and stabbed to death in her business, B&W Billiards & Books located at 3466 S. 700 East in South Salt Lake. South Salt Lake Police Department (SSLPD) initiated a homicide investigation, with no signs of robbery or motive the investigation eventually went cold,” Rivera said in a statement released earlier in the day.

The South Salt Lake Police Department invited UPD’s Cold Case Unit to support the investigation in 2013. UPD became the lead agency in 2018.

“During this time our agencies collaborated to review the evidence, find new leads, and interview witnesses,” Rivera’s statement says. “The diligent work of the detectives from both agencies over the last 10 years has resulted in today’s arrest.

“I want to thank the detectives, investigators, and many others from UPD, SSLPD, DA, the Utah Crime Lab, and Parabon Nanolabs for working together in common pursuit of justice for the Black family. Solving cold cases like this one is possible, in part, due to technological advancements.”

Gephardt Daily will have more information as details are released.

In 2017, UPD announced initial progress in the case, and a “DNA snapshot” of their suspect. To read that article, click here.


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