Police Ready to Hear From 'No. 1 Suspect' in Sarah Fox Murder
INWOOD — Police at the 34th Precinct are ready to open their doors to the "No. 1 suspect" in the 2004 murder of Juilliard student Sarah Fox.
Dimitry Sheinman, 47, announced Monday that he plans to hold a press conference on the steps of the station house Tuesday morning before walking inside and handing police an envelope with new details about the murder that he said he procured “clairvoyantly” over the past several years.
Sources said that while they were very interested in what Sheinman had to say, they were limited legally in their ability to question him. Sheinman still has an attorney of record dating back to his initial brushes with the law nearly eight years ago.
Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau described Sheinman as the "No. 1 suspect" in the case back in 2004. Current law enforcement officials told DNAinfo.com New York that they still viewed him as such.
Sheinman first told police he had psychic visions of the 21-year-old Fox’s murder when he was questioned after her naked body was found deep in a thicket surrounded by yellow flower petals and branches from a tulip poplar tree in Inwood Hill Park on May 25, 2004.
Fox had gone missing while out for a run six days earlier. She had moved to Inwood just a month before she was killed.
Sheinman was never charged with Fox's murder.
He resurfaced in New York last week after living in his wife’s native Capetown, South Africa, for the past few years. He said he had returned with his wife, Jane, and his two daughters, because of a moral duty to share the information he said he's gathered in the cold case using his psychic ability.
Since Sheinman left the country, he said he has written a 250,000-word book titled "Is He Friendly?" a reference to a common question he was asked about his Rhodesian Ridgeback dog in the park.
He also said he founded a new religion called “The Power.”