|John Ernest Walsh|
|Stefanie Sue Watson|
The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Cold Case Unit charged a suspect in connection with the 30-year-old murder of Stefanie Sue Watson of Laurel.
The suspect is identified as 68-year-old John Ernest Walsh. He is currently incarcerated at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, MD on unrelated charges.
Watson disappeared the night of July 22,1982. The 27-year-old had left her Laurel home and was due in to work for a night shift at Laurel-Beltsville Hospital. She never arrived. A family member reported her missing the next day. Watson’s car was found four days later in a parking lot on 4th Street in Laurel. Blood stains were found in the car and collected for evidence. In September of 1982, a witness saw someone throwing an unknown object into some woods in the 13000 block of Larchdale Road in Laurel. That witness went to investigate and discovered what appeared to be human remains. Those remains were tested and positively identified as Stephanie Watson.
In March of 2013, detectives with the Cold Case Unit had DNA evidence from Watson’s case tested. On June 19, 2013 there was a positive match to Walsh through the Maryland Combined DNA Index System. On June 21, 2013 detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Walsh, charging him with first degree murder.