cold case

February 14, 2020 | Veronica Canales

Man Shot By Police in Virginia Beach Was Wanted for 1992 Homicide

The Montgomery County Police Department has identified the suspect involved in a 1992 homicide after a fatal shooting in Virginia Beach Wednesday. MCPD’s Cold Case Unit identified the suspect as 51-year-old Hans Huitz of Virginia Beach, Va. On March 22, 1992 at around 6 p.m., 57-year-old James Essel was found dead inside Sugarloaf Mountain Market […]

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January 29, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Detectives Release Photos of Suspicious Items Dug Up in Silver Spring Park

Cold Case Unit detectives from Montgomery County Police Department have released several photographs of items that were found buried in a Silver Spring park in late summer 2019. In a statement released Wednesday, police said that the items were found buried in Nolte Local Park, located at 200 Denver Road. Police described the situation “suspicious” […]

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August 13, 2019 | Staff Writer

Cold Case Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Finding Woman

A Year Has Passed Since Brenda Lee Hopkins’ Disappearance A year after Brenda Lee Hopkins was reported missing, police are again asking the public’s help in finding her. Hopkins, now 69, was reported as missing to police on Aug. 9, 2018. Hopkins of the 11700 block of Eden Road in Silver Spring is described as […]

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March 15, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Police, Firefighters Honored at 45th Annual Public Safety Awards

A number of public safety officers were honored at this year’s 45 Annual Public Safety Awards Luncheon at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & County Conference Center in North Bethesda. The event was emceed by NBC4’s Leon Harris and Doug Kammerer. The event is organized by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Make sure to […]

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March 15, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

DNA, Genealogy Help Cold Case Detectives ID Man Involved in Rapes, Murder

Montgomery County police believe they have identified the man who committed two unsolved rapes and an unsolved murder, all nearly 25 years ago, using DNA and genealogy. The culprit, identified as Kenneth Earl Day, died in March 2017 in Upshur County, West Virginia, when he was 52, police said. The two unsolved crimes in which […]

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April 13, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

‘Person of Interest’ in 18-Year-Old Disappearance Found Dead in Jail Cell

Fernando Asturizaga, who was named Thursday as a “person of interest” in the 18-year-old disappearance of a Bethesda woman, was found dead in his Cumberland jail cell Thursday night, Montgomery County police reported Friday. “Inmate Fernando Asturizaga was found unresponsive last night at about 8:45 p.m. in Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, MD, where he […]

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April 12, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Police Name Former Teacher as ‘Person of Interest’ in Cold Case

Montgomery County police said Thursday they believe they have a “person of interest” in an 18-year-old case involving a Bethesda woman first thought of as a missing person but later considered a homicide. Police and family members of Alison Thresher are asking the public for any information they might have about Fernando Asturizaga, 51, who […]

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June 12, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, June 12, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, June 12, in Montgomery County: 1. Scorcher: Temperatures are expected to be in the 90’s again today. Montgomery County officials are advising residents to take protective measures. 2. Cold Case: Montgomery County police officers are expected to release some new information about an unsolved homicide that dates back […]

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March 22, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Police Need Your Help to Solve Homicide, a Cold Case from 1992 (PHOTOS)

Montgomery County police officers are asking for your help to solve a homicide, and it’s considered a cold case because it occurred 24 years ago on March 22, 1992. That’s when police said James Essel was stabbed inside the Sugarloaf Mountain Market at 23800 Old Hundred Road in Comus. Police believe the murder occurred between the […]

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July 15, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, July 15th, in Montgomery County

Here are your five things to know today, July 15th, in Montgomery County: 1. Cold Case: Authorities have scheduled a news conference today in Wheaton to discuss a major development in the 40 year old case of the missing Lyon sisters. Follow @MyMCMedia on Twitter for updates from the news conference beginning at noon. 2. […]

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