Cold Cases

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The Howard County Police Department periodically highlights unsolved homicide investigations in the hopes of generating new tips and information. Despite lengthy and complex investigations, family members of these homicide victims are still awaiting justice for their parent, sibling or child.

Detectives are seeking information from witnesses or anyone who may have further knowledge about any of these cases. Anyone with information is urged to contact 410-313-STOP or email hcpdcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov. Callers may remain anonymous and may earn a reward.

Case: Homicide of Aaron Thomas Brice, Nov. 1, 2009

Aaron Thomas BriceHoward County police continue to seek information regarding the homicide of Aaron Thomas Brice that occurred during a Halloween party overnight between Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2009, in the 11500 block of Manorstone Lane in Columbia.

Police received multiple calls from party-goers around 1:15 a.m., Nov. 1, indicating that shots had been fired inside the residence. Brice, 19, of Silver Spring, was found deceased at the scene. Another man, Nathaniel Quick, 22, of Columbia, was also shot and transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition.

Police responded to the scene and found more than 100 people at the residence. Anyone with information is urged to call police. Callers may remain anonymous and may earn a reward of up to $10,000.

Case: Homicide of Tamba Nyorkor, Oct. 8, 2008

Tamba NyorkorPolice continue to seek information regarding the homicide of Tamba Karmor Nyorkor.

Police were called to the 9700 block of Clocktower Lane in Columbia on Oct. 8, 2008, at approximately 7:30 p.m., after a woman reported a man inside an apartment appeared to be injured or deceased. Paramedics and police arrived and found Nyorkor dead from a gunshot wound. He was 26 years old. Also in the apartment at the time were his two toddler-age children. They were not injured.

A Columbia man was arrested the following day and charged in connection with the case. However, the charges were dropped prior to indictment by grand jury.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police. Callers may remain anonymous and may earn a reward of up to $10,000.

Case: Homicide of Moeen Raja, June 22, 2007

Moeen RajaOn June 22, 2007, police responded to the 3100 block of West Springs Drive in Ellicott City for several reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, Raja was found deceased inside his Honda Accord, which had come to rest after striking two parked cars. Police determined Raja suffered a gunshot wound. He was 21 years old.

Raja was familiar with the area, having lived nearby previously. Investigators are not speculating as to motive.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police. Callers may remain anonymous and may earn a reward of up to $10,000.

Case: Homicide of Markus Wilson Felder, May 4, 2005

Markus Wilson FelderOn May 4, 2005, Markus Wilson Felder, 22, of Baltimore, was abducted off the street near his home in West Baltimore and was later found shot and killed on the driveway of a residence on Route 1 in Elkridge. (The property has since been redeveloped.) 

Police believe the case is an apparent retaliation for a drug-related dispute.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police. Callers may remain anonymous.

Case: Homicide of Rolando Andrade, May 1, 2003

Rolando AndradeDetectives are still working to solve the homicide of Rolando Andrade, 29, of Takoma Park. On May 1, 2003, his body was found concealed in a trash container, which had been dumped off of the roadway in the 7300 block of Guilford Road in Clarksville. He was last seen in Prince George’s County on April 26, 2003, and was reported missing on May 1.

Detectives are seeking information from anyone who may have further knowledge about this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact police. Callers may remain anonymous and may earn a reward of up to $10,000.

Case: Homicide of Derrick Peterson, Dec. 17, 2001

Derrick PetersonDerrick Peterson, 23, had just pulled into a parking space in front of his home in the 9600 block of Barrel House Road in Laurel on Dec. 17, 2001 when he was shot and killed. The homicide occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Witnesses at the time reported seeing a black male of average height and build fleeing the scene on foot, carrying what appeared to be a bag or bulky item. He got into a waiting vehicle driven by a large black male, described as in his mid- to late 20s, six feet to six feet three inches tall, approximately 275 pounds. The vehicle was described as a four-door boxy, white sedan, similar to a Crown Victoria.

Initially, the investigation focused on a possible robbery, but investigators now believe the homicide was drug-related.  There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact police. Callers may remain anonymous.

Case: Homicide of Walter Cook, Sept. 6, 2000

On Sept. 6, 2000, at approximately 10 p.m., Walter Scott Cook, 20, and Demony Michael Hughes, 24, were both shot on a sidewalk in the Waverly Winds Townhouse complex in the 5600 block of Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Officers responding to the location for a report of shots fired found Cook deceased and Hughes suffering from a gunshot wound. Hughes told police they were waiting for someone to arrive so they could go to a club in Baltimore. For a while, they passed the time waiting at the basketball court in the rear of the buildings.

There was a group of unknown males hanging around the court, all wearing hoodies. Cook and Hughes returned to the parking lot area and shots were fired, striking both men. Hughes reported he did not see who fired or where the shots came from.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police. Callers may remain anonymous and may earn a reward of up to $10,000.

Case: Homicide of Teneisha Nikiya Whitfield, July 6, 1996

Teneisha Nikiya WhitfieldPolice continue to seek information regarding the homicide of a young girl in Laurel 18 years ago. The body of 14-year-old Teneisha Nikiya Whitfield was discovered in a stolen white Honda Accord in the 9700 block of Covered Wagon Drive on July 6, 1996 at approximately 12:30 a.m. She suffered from gunshot wounds as well as being left in the vehicle, which was set on fire.

She was last seen on July 5, 1996 when she voluntarily left an outreach program in Washington, D.C. The vehicle was reported stolen on July 2, 1996, from the Temple Hills area of Prince George’s County.

Teneisha resided with her mother on Nova Avenue in the Capital Heights neighborhood of Prince George’s County and periodically with an aunt on 21st Street in N.E. Washington, D.C. She had no obvious connection to the Laurel area.

A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact police. Callers may remain anonymous.

Case: Homicide of Ruth Naomi Thorp, April 14, 1982

Ruth Naomi ThorpRuth Naomi Thorp, 21, of Glen Burnie was found strangled at a hotel on U.S. 1 in Elkridge on April 14, 1982. She checked in with a man that investigators believe was a known acquaintance.

Thorp, whose maiden name was DiDomenico and grew up in Catonsville, lived in Glen Burnie at the time of her death. She was survived by her husband and their young daughter and still has family in the Catonsville area.

Police released a composite sketch of a suspect. He was described as a white male, 22-24 years old, five feet seven inches to five feet ten inches tall, with a slender build, light brown hair, last seen wearing blue jeans with a large, multicolored patch on the right leg and a waist-length, light blue jacket. He may have been driving a two-door American-made vehicle with white or gold pinstripes on the sides.

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact police. Callers may remain anonymous.

Case: Homicide of Laney Lee (Linda) McGadney, March 29, 1982

Laney Lee (Linda) McGadneyLaney Lee (Linda) McGadney, was killed on March 29, 1982. Her body was found on a vacant lot in a yet-to-be developed subdivision in the area of Kings Contrivance in Columbia. She was 28-years-old and the mother of four children.

McGadney was last seen walking from her home on Oakland Mills Road with the intention of going shopping in the Owen Brown Village Center. Witnesses reported seeing her enter a vehicle in the area of Oakland Mills Road and Oak Hall Lane.

She was stabbed multiple times. Her body was found in a wooded area off Route 32 between Kindler Road and Hammond High School. An unknown male called police and provided detailed directions to the scene prior to the murder being reported to the public. Do you recognize this voice?

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact police. Callers may remain anonymous.

Case: Homicide of Joseph and Betty Selby, March 6, 1981

Betty SelbyJoseph SelbyPolice continue to seek information regarding the double homicide of Joseph Selby, 56, and his wife, Betty Selby, 51, on March 6, 1981. The couple died in their home at 12102 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, at approximately 9:40 p.m.  They died from smoke inhalation as the result of an arson fire set inside their home while they slept.

Mr. Selby was the manager of The Enchanted Forest, the former fairytale-themed amusement park on Route 40 frequented by generations of families until its closure in 1995. Investigation would indicate that the perpetrator(s) had a grudge against them or someone in the family. It should have been obvious to the arsonist that the home was occupied at the time of the fire.

A reward of up to $10,000 for information is being offered in the case.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police; callers may remain anonymous.