Found Deceased PA - Erica Shultz, 26, missed work, Bloomsburg, Columbia Co., 4 Dec 2020 *arrest*

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  1. Yemelyan

    Yemelyan Well-Known Member

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    IMO, LE do not usually just casually throw out the possibility of linkage to other missing persons cases/murders so the fact that they did this is significant. I think they strongly suspect this was either not his first murder or at least, not the first serious assault.

    IMO the search for other potential victims should not be narrowed to just women similar to Erica. News articles have described him as a transient truck driver. One has to wonder if COVID has altered his usual work schedule or impacted his access to potential victims. Erica may be the first that he killed after using a dating app to meet. He may have other victims with totally different ways that he selected/came across them (they could be women working at truck stops, etc).
     


  2. Alethea

    Alethea Verified Attorney

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    I hope they look into where he was in August 2017 when Jenna van Gelderen went missing in Atlanta.
     
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  3. MistyM

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    i hope they are running his DNA through CODIS right now!!
     
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  4. Vail

    Vail Justice for Kara & Jessica

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    What a horrific and shocking outcome! I am sad for her family and her little cat. I am also thankful things came together in the way they did to allow this demon to be caught. May they throw away the key after they throw the book at him. I hope there are no other victims.
     
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  5. Luckyzmom

    Luckyzmom Well-Known Member

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    Rest in Piece Erica. Prayers for comfort and peace for her family and friends.
    Couldn't post on her thread. Makes me so damn mad .
    Sleep in the arms of the angels sweet Lady ;(
     
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  6. Seattle1

    Seattle1 #LiveLikeLizzy

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    Nothing indicating the victim always got a ride but on 12/8/20 news, it was reported that ES did not drive, and her family got her to and from work:

    Shultz should have been working at Weis in Bloomsburg Sunday night but she did not show up for her shift, according to the report. Shultz is on the Autism spectrum, does not drive, and relies on her family for transportation to and from work. Because she has special needs, Shultz's sister said she does not believe believe Shultz could have left on her own.

    Family of missing Bloomsburg woman offers reward for her return
     
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  7. Seattle1

    Seattle1 #LiveLikeLizzy

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    Missing Pa. Woman Was Allegedly Killed by Man She Met Online, Who Then Directed Police to Body

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    Dec 29, 2020

    The body of a missing 26-year-old Pennsylvania woman has been found in a wooded area of Luzerne County, and authorities were led to her body by the man accused of killing her.

    According to multiple reports, which cite police, including those from WOLF-TV, WNEP and the Philly Voice, Harold D. Haulman III, 42, has been charged with criminal homicide, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse for allegedly killing Erica Shultz.

    Shultz, who had autism, went missing on Dec. 6. The Bloomsburg woman's remains were recovered Sunday.

    Police say they were able to link Haulman to Shultz through phone records.

    Haulman, who was married and was described by authorities as a transient, met Shultz through a dating app called MeetMe.

    Shultz was reported missing after failing to show up for work.
     
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  8. Seattle1

    Seattle1 #LiveLikeLizzy

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    Alleged killer lures autistic date he met online into woods, beats her with mallet & points police to her body: Reports

    Dec 28, 2020

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    PA Homepage reports that authorities determined that Haulman’s cellphone was at Shultz’s apartment off of Railroad Street on December 4. Both Schultz and Haulman traveled along Interstate 80, according to their cellphone records. Schultz’s phone disconnected in the Milton area.

    On December 23, FBI agents contacted Haulman and questioned him about Schultz. Initially, Haulman denied knowing where Shultz was. He then failed up to show up for a follow-up interview.

    On Christmas Day, agents tracked Haulman’s cellphone to his wife’s home in Duncannon. The following day, authorities spotted him walking along railroad tracks in Duncannon. According to police, Haulman had slashed his arms with a box cutter, leaving the message:

    “I want to kill myself” and “I need to die for my sins.”

    [..]

    Authorities took Haulman to an area hospital, where he asked for his cellphone and glasses. He then pulled up Google Maps on his phone and showed investigators where to locate the victim. Shultz’s body was later found near the intersection of Interstates 80 and 81.

    Haulman allegedly admitted to investigators that he was walking in the woods with Shultz when he started beating her in the head with a mallet. Afterward, Haulman allegedly stabbed Shultz numerous times with a kitchen knife.

    Fox 56 reports that one of Shultz’s friend said that Shultz used numerous dating apps to meet people. One of the men she met, who Shultz referred to as “Dave,” reportedly told her that wanted her to “pack everything up and go away with him.”
     
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  9. SimplyCass

    SimplyCass Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, my original thoughts centered around trying to determine when/where she was last seen, due to some unclear wording (that "she did not show up" as opposed to "she wasn't there when [X] when to pick her up to take her to work"). Later on, I thought it was unlikely that she walked to and from work, due to working at night.

    Ultimately, someone (Haulman) did pick her up from the apartment, out of the blue, which explains her leaving the coat and why her cat was still there, with no signs of abduction. Only the one friend was aware that she was seeing someone.

    the part about how a witness saw her getting into Haulman's van after work suggests that other friends or family may have occasionally taken her to/from work.
     
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    Richrd Seven Year Member

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