Over the years, Alyssa Schumacher has wanted to share special occasions with her father, who was shot to death in 2000 near 29th and Q Streets.
“There have been so many opportunities taken away from our family, from my high school graduation to the birth of my daughter,” she said. “I had to grow up pretty quick.”
Todd Schumacher, 35, was killed at his home on Dec. 5, 2000, when Alyssa was just 12. Passers-by flagged down police officers after they found him on the sidewalk in front of his house.
Omaha police detectives say they have been taking a fresh look at the case, hoping to solve it.
“It’s just always been gnawing at me,” Alyssa Schumacher said.
The back door to the Schumacher house had been forced open, according to a World-Herald article from the time that quoted a search warrant. Relatives said a VCR, stereo, compact discs and a handgun were missing.
A neighbor and another man were charged with burglarizing Schumacher’s house on the day he was killed. The burglary case was dropped in 2002, and no one has ever been charged in the slaying.
In April, Alyssa Schumacher met with one of the detectives who investigated the case. She was “blown away” by how much the detective remembered. She learned that the information had been passed along to Omaha Police Detective Dave Schneider.
Schneider recently tweeted a photo of three binders holding information on the case. He’s asking anyone with information to contact the homicide unit at 402-444-5656.
“People change, and there may be someone out there who knows something that can help us,” Schneider said. “They might not have come forward back then, but they might want to do that now.”
One factor that may help the investigation into the case — and other unsolved slayings — is the $25,000 Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to an arrest in a homicide. If a tipster wants to remain anonymous, that person can call the Crime Stoppers line at 402-444-STOP.
Schneider said the two detectives and sergeant in the homicide unit’s cold case squad will review old, unsolved cases if a new lead comes in that provides helpful information. Family members often call to check on the cases on the anniversaries of the homicides or the birthdays of the slaying victims, he said.
The squad reviews six to eight cases at a time, Schneider said.
Some of the unsolved homicide cases, he said, date back to the 1950s.
The Schumacher homicide, Schneider said, “is obviously still really fresh to the daughter. We are appealing to anyone who can help us because (Schumacher’s) family deserves to know what happened.”
Alyssa Schumacher wants people to know that her father was a loving, hardworking family man who worked for an Omaha glass company. Alyssa said her young daughter strongly resembles her dad.
“I know that Roxana would be the apple of his eyes,” she said. “I’ve seen other cold cases solved recently, and I’ve been thinking, ‘Maybe I have a chance, too.’ ”