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South Salt Lake police release new clue in Sherry Black killing

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SOUTH SALT LAKE — Police released photos Thursday of a belt recovered at the crime scene where book dealer Sherry Black was killed last month.

Black, 64, was found beaten and stabbed to death in her business and home, B&W Billiards & Books at 3466 S. 700 East, on Nov. 30.

Police found a unique Armani Exchange men's belt with a waist measurement of approximately 36-38 inches, said South Salt Lake police spokesman Gary Keller. A sticker on the back of the belt buckle is labeled "323." This number may be an item or inventory number from a clothing store or thrift store, Keller said.

The belt does not belong to anyone in the Black family, and police believe it was left behind by the person who killed Black, although Keller said he did not know if it was used as a weapon.

"The buckle is very distinct; it's very unique," he said. "Hopefully that will catch somebody's interest and jog some memories."

Police have not named any suspects or motive in the killing. Keller said detectives hope the belt will provide "the one final clue we need to tie everything together."

South Salt Lake police arrested a man Dec. 3 who had previously sold rare, stolen LDS books to Black, but he has since been released from jail. A relative of the man was arrested the same day and is still in custody.

Anyone with information about the belt is asked to call South Salt Lake police at 801-840-4000.

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