North American Missing Persons Network
Jani Jo Thompson

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Above Image: Thompson, circa 2002

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 14, 2002 from Cameron Park, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 15, 1956
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: 140 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: Caucasian
  • Gender: Female
  • AKA: Jan Scharf, Jani Jo Scharf, Jan Sharpe, Jani Jo
  • Case Number: 024811

  • Details of Disappearance
    Thompson was last seen on May 14, 2002 at her Cameron Park, California residence. She had just returned from a 12-hour shift at the University of California at Davis Medical Center where she worked as a nurse. She had filed for divorce 5 months before but was still sharing the house with her husband, Glyn Scharf, as the divorce proceeded.

    Around 8 pm, a neighbour said she heard a woman screaming "No, no ... don't, don't" from the Scharfs' driveway then more screaming. The screaming then stopped and she heard a car speeding away. The neighbor's roommate went at her request to check outside and noticed that Glyn Scharf's truck which had been in the driveway earlier, was gone. Her mother and daughter reported her missing on May 18.
    The next day, police found Thompson's abandoned car in Folsom outside a 24-hour gym, she frequented. Authorities found no evidence of foul play in her car, her husband's truck or their residence.

    People who knew her say it is uncharacteristic of her to leave and not tell anyone. Her belongings were all left behind and her cell phone and ATM card haven't been used since her disappearance. She also showed no sign that she wanted to leave, she had just applied for a promotion at her job, was planning her daughter's wedding, which was set for December 2002, was going to vacation with friends on Memorial Day and dating someone new.

    On April 17, just weeks before her disappearance, Thompson phoned police to report a missing gun from her home and that her husband had told her he had it. On May 7, 2002, she called again, saying she thought her husband was poisoning her morning coffee. A crime lab found evidence of digoxin, a drug for slowing an irregular heartbeat, in her blood. Thompson believed her husband wanted to make her sick so that she took him back to take care of her.
    Scharf had packed her belongings, changed the locks and invited girlfriends to stay at the house just days following her disappearance.

    Scharf was arrested in May 2003 and charged with her murder. In October 2004, a jury found him guilty of first degree murder and sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison.
    Sometime after Glyn Wolfgang Scharf's arrest, a necklace and ring belonging to his wife were found in a film canister hidden in some ivy in front of one of his former girlfriend's house.
    Glyn Scharf was found in his cell at Pleasant Valley State Prison on March 21, 2007 after overdosing on antidepressant Amitriptalyne and died six days later in Coalinga Regional Medical Center.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    El Dorado County Sheriff's Department
    (530) 621-5703

    Source Information
    CA DOJ
    Court TV
    Fear Not Law
    The Sacramento Bee