Unsolved Death Investigations

General Information
  • The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office works diligently to successfully close all open death investigations.
  • All investigations the Sheriff’s Office conducts are carried to the fullest extent, regardless of circumstances of the crime, involved parties, social status or residence.
  • The Sheriff’s Office is committed to finding the perpetrators of these crimes and holding them responsible.
Victim: Unknown
  • Date: November 1989
  • Case Number: 89-23413
On Friday, November 10, 1989, skeletal remains were found on Right Hand Fork Road at the Watershed in Frederick. The remains appear to be that of male, approximately 25 to 40 years of age, small to medium build. The estimated time of death was between November of 1988 and July of 1989. The individual sustained a broken nose approximately 1 year before his death.

Recently, Detective / Sgt. Donald C. Stahl, a Forensic Artist with Charles County Sheriff's Office, completed a recreation of the face. Forensic Reconstruction is building a face on a skull to see what the owner of the skull looked like in life. Many Police Departments use the method to trace the identity of unidentified remains.

To view the reconstructions for this case, click on the following:
Skull Recon
Victim: Alexander Pace Folger
  • Description: Caucasian / Male / 22 years of age
  • Date: August 22, 1993
  • Case Number: 93-26126
On Sunday, August 22, 1993 at 6:10 a.m., deputies responded to the location of Old Frederick Road south of Old Mill Road in Rocky Ridge and found Mr. Folger deceased in the roadway. It appeared that he was struck by a vehicle while walking along the southbound lane of Old Frederick Road.
Investigation revealed that Mr. Folger left a party at a house in the 13000 block of Old Frederick Road sometime after 3 a.m. and walked about a quarter mile south down Old Frederick Road when he was struck from behind by a red passenger vehicle. A newspaper carrier discovered Mr. Folger’s body at 5:26 a.m. Mr. Folger died of severe head and chest injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Victim: Joshua Wayne Crawford
  • Description:Caucasian / Male / 21 years of age
  • Date:July 2, 2003
  • Case Number: 03-104309
On Wednesday, July 2, 2003, Joshua Wayne Crawford was found murdered in his apartment at 6949 Exeter Court at Kingsbrook Apartments in Frederick. Mr. Crawford was found bound with duct tape when deputies responded at 12:42 p.m. The cause of death was ruled asphyxiation.
The crime appeared to be victim specific and upon investigation, it was determined that a Peavey 6 String Predator Electric Guitar, hunter green base, chrome, a black neck and whammy bar was missing from the apartment.

Please note that the picture of the guitar on this website closely resembles the guitar taken, but is not a photo of the actual guitar. Please read the description of the guitar in the previous paragraph for exact details.
Contact Information
If you have any information regarding these cases, please call the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 301-600-4131. Every tip that is received is investigated and you may remain anonymous.

If you would like to speak with an investigator concerning one of the cases, please call 301-600-3660.