SOUTH SALT LAKE — An arrest has been made in connection with the nearly decade old murder of Sherry Black who was beaten and stabbed to death at her business in South Salt Lake.
Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said 29-year-old Adam Durborrow was arrested without incident at his Orem home Saturday by Unified Police Department officers.
Rivera said she was unable to offer further details about how Durborrow was identified as a suspect in the case, including if DNA or other evidence gathered from the crime scene played a role or whether or not a tip from the public assisted investigators.
A spokeswoman for Black’s family said the family was aware of the arrest but likely would not issue a comment or statement until next week.
On Nov. 30, 2010, Black, 64, the mother-in-law of former Larry H. Miller Group CEO Greg Miller, was found stabbed to death inside her bookstore, B&W Billiards and Books at 3466 S. 700 East. To date, there has been no known motive for the killing, and until the arrest Saturday, police had not identified a suspect or a person of interest in the case.
The only pieces of evidence investigators have shared with the public over the years are an Armani Exchange men’s belt found at the crime scene with a waist measurement of approximately 36-38 inches and a sticker on the back of the buckle with the number “323,” and blood that was collected from the scene.
DNA testing determined the blood came from a male. That DNA was run through a national criminal database, but as of a report issued several years ago by investigators, no match was found, meaning the killer had not committed another violent crime since Black’s death, had fled the country or was dead.
The Unified police agency was invited to support the investigation into Black’s death in 2013 by the South Salt Lake Police Department and became the lead investigating agency in 2018. Since that time, UPD reports it has collaborated to review the evidence, find new leads, and interview witnesses. The department said that work over the last 10 years led to Saturday’s arrest.
Last November, members of Black’s family gathered to remember her passing and continue calls for assistance in finding her killer.
At the time, Black’s daughter, Heidi Miller encouraged anyone with knowledge of the case to come forward.
“I just think it’s important after nine years to keep her in our memory, to think about her, to remember the good times we had with her, and show how much we miss her,” Miller said at the time. “I also think it’s important to keep it out there in the public, so anybody that knows anything, has any information about her murder might come forward.”
The family had also offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Black’s killer.
Correction: An earlier version misspelled Adam Durborrow’s last name.
This story will be updated.
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