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Homicide cases unsolved

June 22, 1998

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson said Monday he could not comment on which unsolved homicides an investigating grand jury may look into later this year, but some cases on Pennsylvania State Police records remain open:




HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Debra Ray Witmer, 21, of St. Thomas, Pa., was last seen alive on May 27, 1981. Her skeletal remains were found in April 1982 in a quarry near Williamson, Pa., according to police.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Freddie W. Brumfield, 18, of Chambersburg, was found dead along Funk Road in Letterkenny Township on Jan. 13, 1995. State police said he was killed by a shotgun blast to the chest.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Maryann Stahlman, 24, of Cumberland, Md., was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in Brush Creek Township, Fulton County, Pa., on Feb. 5, 1997, but her case has connections to Franklin County.

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Stahlman's car, with a broken windshield and a flat tire, was found Feb. 7, 1997, outside the Buckhorn Family Restaurant in Antrim Township. She had been employed by the Presidential Suite Massage Parlor in Southampton Township.

According to court records, she was awaiting arraignment on prostitution-related charges.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Melvin Elwood Snyder, 42, of Greencastle, Pa., disappeared on May 25, 1985. Pennsylvania State Police said in May 1994 that his disappearance was "not voluntary, but a methodically planned criminal conspiracy."

Police said there was "evidence of foul play." No one has been charged in the disappearance.

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