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Man charged in calf's disappearance

November 30, 1999|By ERIN JULIUS

WASHINGTON COUNTY ? A 19-year-old man has been charged with theft in the February disappearance of a 500-pound Texas Longhorn calf from a property on Greensburg Road near Smithsburg, Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Greg Alton said Tuesday afternoon.

The calf was valued at about $1,500.

Deputies have an arrest warrant that charges Brandon Christopher Graybill with theft over $500 and fourth-degree burglary-theft, Alton said.

Investigators believe the calf was shot, hauled away and butchered, Alton said.

Track marks and blood droppings in the snow show that the calf was dragged to a nearby lane, where it probably was loaded into a vehicle, deputies said in February. The calf was dragged under a fence and across a neighbor's yard to a lane, where there was a large amount of blood, police said.

The calf was one of three calves in a herd of seven Texas Longhorn beef cattle, owner Lizz Huntzberry said at the time.

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Graybill was being held Tuesday by the Division of Correction at Brockbridge Correctional Facility in Jessup, Md., Alton said.

Deputies were still investigating the case, Alton said. Anyone with information may call 240-313-2185.

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