'Justice hasn’t been served for her’: 6 years after her death, Aliza Sherman’s murder remains unsolved
A $100,000 reward is still being offered in hopes that someone can help solve this murder mystery.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - “Justice hasn’t been served for her.”
For Jan Lash, those words have been echoing for six long painful years.
“I am frustrated and I am angry," said Lash. “I can’t believe that this case has not been solved.”
The prayers, hope, and now frustration continue to mount for Lash as her best friend’s killer still walks the streets.
Aliza Sherman, of Beachwood, was stabbed eleven times on March 24, 2013.
No arrests have been made in her death.
The Cleveland Clinic nurse and mother was in the middle of a messy divorce. She was on her way to meet with her attorney on a Sunday afternoon in downtown Cleveland.
The suspected killer was spotted on grainy surveillance video running away from the scene.
Robbery clearly wasn’t the motive, as the killer didn’t take Sherman’s jewelry or her wallet.
“It was thought out ahead of time," said Lash.
Lash suspects she knows who killed her friend, but six years after Sherman’s death, she’s still hesitant to speak out.
“Well, because I can’t do anything about it,” said Lash. "That’s what makes me so frustrated.'
Cleveland 19 has confirmed that the Cleveland Division of Police is working with the FBI, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office to investigate Sherman’s death. We’ve also learned there are people of interest in the murder investigation.
Lash believes those people should be named.
“They’ve never discussed people of interest,” said Lash. “They’ve never put any names out there. It’s not enough, it’s just not enough. There’s new technology out there. Something’s gotta give here."
Cleveland Police won’t reveal who those people of interest are because they say it is part of the ongoing investigation. A $100,000 reward is still being offered through Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County in the hopes someone can help solve this murder mystery.
Cleveland 19 tried to reach out to Sanford Sherman, Aliza’s estranged husband who now lives in Florida. to see if he too is looking for answers in this case. He did not return our call.
Police tell us they’ve questioned Aliza’s divorce attorney, Gregory J. Moore.
In 2017, Moore was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to several charges including one count of giving false information to investigators.
Prosecutors said Moore sent text messages to Sherman moments before and after her death saying he was inside his office when he really wasn’t. They say Moore also lied to detectives about his whereabouts. He is currently on probation.
“Why did you lie? Why did you say you were somewhere when you weren’t?” asked Lash. “She was texting you. She was trying to get into see you. Where were you on a Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock?”
Cleveland 19 went to Moore’s home to see if he wanted to responded to Lash’s questions, and to find out if he too is seeking justice for Sherman.
But Moore told us he didn't want to talk.
“No thank you. No comment,” he said.
For Sherman’s loved ones, more than 2,000 days without justice is too long.
Lash says every day is an agonizing reminder that her best friend is gone and her killer is still free.
"I just feel such pain. It’s just so deep, " expressed Lash.
Sherman’s family and friends will hold a vigil this Sunday, March 24th, outside the Galleria in downtown Cleveland - the very spot where she was killed. It will mark the 6th year anniversary of Sherman’s murder.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour hotline at 216-252-7463. Callers can remain anonymous.
Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website or the free mobile app.
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