Police charge Knox County businessman in 1985 murder of Columbus woman


The killing of Sharla Spangler went unsolved for more than 32 years.

But Columbus Police say a fingerprint led them to a Knox County businessman, and he is now charged with her murder.

Police found the body of 24-year-old Sharla Spangler on January 30, 1985.

They said she had been shot to death and left under a semi trailer in a parking lot at the corner of Dublin Granville Road and Hamilton Rd.

She had last been seen leaving the Gold Fox Lounge in Gahanna where she worked. Other employees found her car in the parking lot, still running.

The case went cold, until July 2015, when police said Doug Krumlauf was arrested in Knox County for domestic violence.

His fingerprints were entered into a database, where Columbus Police said they matched with prints taken from the scene of Sharla Spangler's murder.

From the moment of that fingerprint match, Columbus Police Cold Case detectives said they have worked to build a case, and Friday a grand jury indicted Krumlauf on aggravated murder.

Doug Krumlauf lived in a serene, upscale neighborhood in rural Knox County.

Neighbors told 10TV he lived and ran his tile and flooring business from his Summer Lane home, which the Knox County Auditor values at more than $400,000.

They said they were stunned to hear police say their neighbor was responsible for a murder more than 30 years ago.

Krumlauf was placed in police custody Saturday, but he isn't in jail.

He was already being treated in a Columbus hospital for an undisclosed medical condition.

He remains there, under guard, until he can be taken to the Franklin County Jail.

We were not able to reach the Spangler or Krumlauf families for comment.

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