Thursday, June 7, 2018

Medical Examiner Rules Fire-Related Death a Homicide, Investigation Ongoing

Homicide Unit detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of an elderly woman’s death inside of her Chillum home, The victim, 76-year-old Jeanette Goines of Ray Road, was discovered after a fire at her house.   

The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy during which Goines was positively identified through dental records. The medical examiner determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma and the manner was ruled homicide. It was determined she died before the fire.

On April 14th at approximately 7:40 am, Prince George’s County Fire personnel responded to a home in the 1400 block of Ray Road. They observed smoke and forced entry into the home. Once inside, firefighters found the victim deceased and badly burned. At the time, she was unable to be identified.

Prince George’s County Police patrol officers had responded to the home the morning of the homicide. At 7:08 am, we were called there for a residential alarm call. Officers checked the home and found it secured with no signs of forced entry. There was no sign of a fire at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

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