Anne Arundel County: 1985 Cold Case
The Anne Arundel County Cold Case Homicide Unit is asking for the public’s assistance with an unsolved murder from 1985.
On April 23rd, 1985, decomposed remains were found during the excavation on the construction site of the Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie. The body was found in a metal trash container.
It’s been determined the remains were that of a white male in his mid 20’s, approximately 5’8” to 5’11” tall, with a slim build and brown hair. He was wearing a blue and black sweater, slacks and leather shoes. It was estimated the victim was deceased for approximately five months. Detectives estimate the victim would have disappeared during the late fall 1984 until the new year of 1985.
Several attempts have been made to identify the decedent; however, all attempts have ended in negative results. In March of 2015, Cold Case detectives sought the services of Parabon-Nano Labs. Parabon, a DNA technology company that specializes in DNA phenotyping, the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence. Law enforcement agencies use the company’s Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service for lead generation and narrowing suspect lists in criminal investigations.
DNA was extracted from the remains of the unidentified decedent for the analysis. The decedent’s skull was also sent to Parabon for a forensic facial reconstruction. By combining results from DNA phenotyping and facial reconstruction representatives from Parabon, including forensic artist Thom Shaw, have produced a composite.
Although the image of this victim is how the victim might have appeared at the time of his death, his peers and contemporaries would now be in their 50s. Due to the passage of time, homicide detectives are aware witnesses might be more likely to discuss the event than they were thirty years ago. Relationships change; witnesses have moved and may be more comfortable with assisting with the investigation. The Anne Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information as to the identity of the victim or the persons responsible for his murder to come forward by calling the Anne Arundel County Cold Case Squad at 410-222-4731. If people with information wish to remain anonymous they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers