Police have no motive in stabbing death

September 01, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Montgomery County Police said Wednesday they have no suspects or motive in the stabbing death of a Hagerstown native found in her Derwood, Md., home.

Police found the body of Gloria Elizabeth Clagett, 67, inside her home in the 6900 block of Muncaster Mill Road just before 10 a.m. Sunday.

An autopsy report said she died from multiple stab wounds to the chest, Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Ann Evans said.

Police went to Clagett's home after her car was found four blocks away in the parking lot of Good News Baptist Church, where it had been since Wednesday.

Clagett was not a member of the Good News Baptist Church, which is in the 17700 block of Muncaster Road, said Evans.


Evans said officers who went to Clagett's home knocked on the front door but received no answer. They went to the side door and found the storm door shut but the inside door open.

Police identified themselves and, getting no answer, went into the house and found it had been ransacked, she said.

There was evidence of a struggle and Clagett's body was found in an upstairs bedroom. She had been stabbed multiple times in the chest with a knife, said Evans.

"The type of knife has not been determined. No weapon has been found," she said.

Clagett, who was retired, had been in good health, said Evans.

Police were still trying to determine if anything was taken.

Investigators "are still going through the home room by room gathering forensic evidence," she said.

Clagett's car was towed from the church parking lot and will be processed for evidence, said Evans. It was found unlocked but the keys were not found, she said.

Clagett, who was raised in Hagerstown and graduated from Hagerstown High School, had lived in Derwood for 30 years. Her husband, Clinton Roger Clagett III, died about four years ago and she had lived alone since then, Evans said.

Her mother Helen Winters and sister Janet Carty live in Hagerstown. Neither could be reached for comment.

Funeral Services will be on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the DeVol Funeral Home, 10 E. Deer Park Drive in Gaithersburg, Md. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. at the Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown.

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