Police analyzing evidence, asking public's help in stabbing death

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SOUTH SALT LAKE -- Police say they have very little to go on in the murder investigation of Sherry Black, who was found stabbed to death in her South Salt Lake business Tuesday afternoon. Police are going through forensic evidence and are now asking the public to call in with any information they may have.

Police were still gathering evidence from the crime scene Thursday evening and are carefully examining the store's inventory to see if anything is missing. Police have also taken evidence from Black's home, which is adjacent to the business. Black, 64, co-owned B&W Billiards and Books with her husband. She was a rare book collector and dealer and the mother-in-law of Utah Jazz CEO Greg Miller.

"We have recovered a lot of forensic evidence, and that is in the process of being sent to the lab and being processed for evidence," said Sgt. Gary Keller with the South Salt Lake Police Department. "We're very anxious to get the results back from that."

Police are not releasing any information about a murder weapon, but say it's clear Black had stab wounds. They say they do not have any suspects and are still looking toward information from the public to help their investigation.

Police want to speak with not only people who may have been in the area on Tuesday, but anyone who may have recently been in the bookstore or who has had any recent contact with Black.

"We want people to be open minded and anything -- any little tidbit of information we could get, we'd like to hear from them," Keller said.

Police aren't sure how long it will take for the results of the forensic tests to come back.

E-mail: jstagg@ksl.com

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