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City police reopen 1998 homicide case

February 11, 2005

The Hagerstown Police Department has reopened a 1998 homicide case, one in which a woman's decomposed body was found in a wooded area in the 900 block of South Burhans Boulevard, police said.

The body was found March 9, 1998, and identified a few days later through dental records as that of 19-year-old Clara Elizabeth Miller of Hagers- town, according to a written statement.

At the time, police said the woman died as a result of a stab wound or wounds.

"It's an unsolved homicide. We have two new detectives that are looking at it with fresh eyes, and technology has come a long way in five years," Lt. Michael L. King said Thursday.

The state Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore ruled Miller's death a homicide as a result of injuries she received.

The case is being investigated by Detectives Steve Hoover and Tammy Jurado of the Criminal Investigation Division.

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Police ask that anyone with information about the activities of Miller in the weeks or months before her death or with information about her death to call them at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

Information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons involved could result in a reward of up to $1,000, police said.

At the time of her murder, Miller was wanted by police in connection with the 1997 death of Darrius Allen Fetterhoff of Greencastle, Pa., police have said. She was wanted on two counts of accessory after the fact, felony theft, auto theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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