Garry Artman

Garry Dean Artman, 64, was arrested on August 19, 2022 for the October 3, 1996 rape and murder of 29-year-old Sharon Kay Hammack in Caledonia Township, Michigan.

Hammack had been hogtied, strangled, and then stabbed twice in the head. Her body was dumped along the roadside near 76th Street and Kraft Avenue. Hammack, the mother of two young children, struggled with addiction, and she was one of about a dozen women – many of whom were engaged in sex work – who were killed in and around Grand Rapids at this time.

Hammack was found the same day she was murdered, and semen was recovered from her body. A DNA sample was also recovered from the rope with which she was tied. There is currently no information on who conducted the FGG investigation. The FGG investigation narrowed the suspect list down to four brothers.

Artman lived and worked near where Hammack was killed in 1996. Artman is currently charged with open murder, felony murder, and first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Kent County Criminal Division. He was arrested in Mississippi and is awaiting extradition.

Hammack was four weeks pregnant at the time of her murder. Her family states that she was a loving woman who was working on getting sober and giving her children a good life when she was murdered.

On September 19, 2022, Artman was charged with the murder of 24-year-old Dusty Myriah Shuk near New Market in Frederick County, Maryland. Her body was found by a passing motorist on May 4, 2006 along the Interstate-70 highway. She had no shoes or identification. She had two tattoos on her back depicting dragons with the words ‘Gypsy Rose’. She had been beaten and stabbed to death.

The DNA profile of the suspect in both homicides were linked in CODIS on August 18, 2008. The FGG investigation was conducted by Identifinders International, led by Linda Doyle.

Artman has a lengthy history of violent sexual assaults. He was convicted of a 1979 rape in which he sexually assaulted a woman at knifepoint after offering her a ride in his vehicle. He was also convicted of sexually assaulting two teenaged girls in October 1980 in Port Huron. He was then charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in December of 1980 after he had been released on bond. He served the maximum sentence of 11 years, and was released in June of 1992. Police found several pairs of women’s underpants in a storage facility belonging to Artman in Kent County, Florida. They are searching for other victims.


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First Name Garry
Last Name Artman
Other Names
Victims 2 (Details)
IGG Started nd
Case Cleared 2022-08-19
IGG Org Identifinders


Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1742 Sharon Hammack 29 1996-10-03 Caledonia Township, MI Kent CSO Second degree murder Accused was convicted after a trial Kent CO CRIM DIV
1757 Dusty Shuk 24 2006-05-04 New Market, MD Maryland SP First degree murder Case is currently pending before the court Frederick CO CIR CT

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.