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Home of Scherer son searched

Deputies also seize vehicle, but stay tight-lipped on Castlewood case

The home of Ernest Scherer III has been searched by investigators, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department has confirmed.

Scherer III is the son of Ernie Scherer Jr. and Charlene Abendroth, whose brutally beaten bodies were found in their Castlewood Drive home March 14.

The son is listed on numerous Web sites as a professional poker player with career earnings that exceed $300,000. A search warrant was reportedly served on his Orange County home in Brea. Investigators inspected the house and collected evidence on March 22, the day that funeral services were held for Scherer Jr., 60, and Abendroth, 57, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Pleasanton.

The news follows reports that detectives have seized a vehicle. Investigators sent an email to residents in the Castlewood Country Club community, which is in unincorporated Pleasanton, two weeks ago asking if anyone had seen a 2001 red Chevrolet Camaro convertible in the area around the time they believe the husband and wife were killed.

A country club worker discovered Scherer Jr.'s body after the couple's daughter Carolyn Osterlye became concerned that she hadn't heard from them and asked that someone check on them. The worker called authorities after he saw the body through a window near the front of the home, which is located near the first hole of the golf course. Abendroth's body was subsequently found in a room nearby.

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Reports say that DMV records list Scherer III as owning a Camaro, but the records don't specify the color or whether it's a convertible.

When asked to identify the car and if it is registered to Scherer III, Lt. Kelly Miles said, "we're not going to comment on that right now."

"We're continually investigating all leads," Miles added. "We're pretty sure it's not (a) random (act), but we're still open to investigating other leads, but we're going a certain direction."

Scherer Jr. was, like his son, a poker player, but appeared to play by trade, while his son played full-time. Investigators have said that Scherer Jr. didn't have any gambling debts, but declined to answer when asked if the son did. Scherer Jr. invested in real estate and was a former member of the San Ramon school board, where he was recalled by voters. Abendroth was beloved by her students at Cal State East Bay, where she was a professor in accounting for more than 30 years. She was actively involved with the Pleasanton Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Sgt. Scott Dudek of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department at 510-667-7478.

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Home of Scherer son searched

Deputies also seize vehicle, but stay tight-lipped on Castlewood case

by Janet Pelletier / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Apr 10, 2008, 11:14 am

The home of Ernest Scherer III has been searched by investigators, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department has confirmed.

Scherer III is the son of Ernie Scherer Jr. and Charlene Abendroth, whose brutally beaten bodies were found in their Castlewood Drive home March 14.

The son is listed on numerous Web sites as a professional poker player with career earnings that exceed $300,000. A search warrant was reportedly served on his Orange County home in Brea. Investigators inspected the house and collected evidence on March 22, the day that funeral services were held for Scherer Jr., 60, and Abendroth, 57, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Pleasanton.

The news follows reports that detectives have seized a vehicle. Investigators sent an email to residents in the Castlewood Country Club community, which is in unincorporated Pleasanton, two weeks ago asking if anyone had seen a 2001 red Chevrolet Camaro convertible in the area around the time they believe the husband and wife were killed.

A country club worker discovered Scherer Jr.'s body after the couple's daughter Carolyn Osterlye became concerned that she hadn't heard from them and asked that someone check on them. The worker called authorities after he saw the body through a window near the front of the home, which is located near the first hole of the golf course. Abendroth's body was subsequently found in a room nearby.

Reports say that DMV records list Scherer III as owning a Camaro, but the records don't specify the color or whether it's a convertible.

When asked to identify the car and if it is registered to Scherer III, Lt. Kelly Miles said, "we're not going to comment on that right now."

"We're continually investigating all leads," Miles added. "We're pretty sure it's not (a) random (act), but we're still open to investigating other leads, but we're going a certain direction."

Scherer Jr. was, like his son, a poker player, but appeared to play by trade, while his son played full-time. Investigators have said that Scherer Jr. didn't have any gambling debts, but declined to answer when asked if the son did. Scherer Jr. invested in real estate and was a former member of the San Ramon school board, where he was recalled by voters. Abendroth was beloved by her students at Cal State East Bay, where she was a professor in accounting for more than 30 years. She was actively involved with the Pleasanton Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Sgt. Scott Dudek of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department at 510-667-7478.

Comments

Marie
San Ramon
on Apr 10, 2008 at 11:52 am
Marie, San Ramon
on Apr 10, 2008 at 11:52 am

Does anyone know whether the son attended the funeral services for his parents on March 22? When was the last time anyone has heard from him?


marie
another community
on Apr 10, 2008 at 12:09 pm
marie, another community
on Apr 10, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Yes, the son did attend the service.


Qwerty
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 11, 2008 at 11:41 am
Qwerty, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 11, 2008 at 11:41 am



I think this goes along with what a lot of people have been feeling - that is was not a random act. Whether the son is involved or not is I guess an open question. Or is it? Someone told me they saw an article in a paper that described issues with the son...they didn't say anything further however.

I did think it was strange that a couple so close to retirement age had taken out a $500,000 line of credit on a home they bought only two years prior. This thing makes me think they needed cash relatively quickly and that was a way to get it. So under what circumstances does someone need to generate that amount of money really quickly and then a short time later they are found brutally murdered? weird.







David
Heritage Valley
on Apr 27, 2008 at 7:55 am
David, Heritage Valley
on Apr 27, 2008 at 7:55 am

Things have been quiet recently. What is the latest on this story?


Qwerty
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2008 at 2:38 pm
Qwerty, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2008 at 2:38 pm

I don't think there has been any commentary on this story since June when the police announced that the son was a "person of interest". I don't think the police have ever released the official cause of death. That seems strange. Why would that be such a big deal?

Has anyone heard anything else since then?


Marta
another community
on Sep 18, 2008 at 9:29 am
Marta, another community
on Sep 18, 2008 at 9:29 am

I live on the block where the son, daughter in law and grandchild lived. The house has been vacated for quite awhile now. Does anyone know whats going on with this case? Is the son guilty? Has anyone been charged with the murder of his parents? I never met him but the wife, Robyn was very nice. It is such a shame, and oh so sad.


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