During the evening hours of January 11, 1987, the victim, Gloria Shomler (33 years old), along with her husband Brian and their two young children were at their residence in Pioneer. While the two children went upstairs and went to bed, the victim and her husband remained downstairs. According to Brain Shomler, he left for work after his daughters went to bed for the night.
The two daughters told deputies that when they awoke early on the morning of January 12th, they went to their parents’ bedroom and found their mother in bed. When the daughters could not wake her, they went next door and told their grandmother. At approximately 0740 hours, the Amador County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting the death of Gloria Shomler. When deputies arrived at the Shomler residence they found Gloria Shomler lying on her bed and she was deceased. A subsequent autopsy determined Gloria died as a result of stab wounds to her chest and abdomen.
The evidence and interviews have not, to date, led to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this murder. This case still remains open and the Amador County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with any information to contact the Sheriff's Office at (209) 223-6515.