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Skateboarder sought for info in death probe

August 27, 1997

A teenaged skateboarder could hold the key to a homicide investigation, Hagerstown City Police said Tuesday.

The man, whom detectives believe may have witnessed the early Monday morning shooting of Matthew Roy Hovis in downtown Hagerstown, is described as a white man in his late teens, standing approximately 5 feet, 7 inches and weighing 140 pounds. He has short blond hair.

"We are very interested in finding this young man," Detective Mark Renner said.

Police released a sketch of the potential witness.

Authorities said the man's name may be "Mark" and may frequent the downtown area. Renner said investigators do not have a motive for the slaying and are hoping the witness can shed some light on the homicide.

"We haven't ruled out anything as far as motive yet," he said.

Hovis, 25, of 24 W. Main St. Apt. 4 in Waynesboro, Pa., was shot once in the head early Monday morning. He was found lying face up behind 23 E. Washington St. and was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital at 4:08 a.m. Monday.

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Authorities urged anyone with information to contact the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700.

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