Tuesday, June 25, 2013

PGPD Cold Case Unit Closes 1982 Murder


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.




For more information, please call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.

3 comments:

MEF said...

I was a co worker and friend of Stephanie's and I cannot thank the PG county cold case unit enough for following up on this case. Her family and friends has always wanted justice for her even after 31 years. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I know Stephanie's father believed that her husband (estranged? former?) was the guilty party. I'm guessing this may give her former husband an objective proof of his innocence. It's too bad her father has passed away and thereby unable to know this.

Anonymous said...

There would not have been a dna match needed if this animal would not of been set free in 1980 when he was to already be serving a " life sentence ".. we can all shoot from the hip of speculations on this case and play csi detectives etc.. but the bottom line is...he was set free..sad...very sad..

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