Heather Ann Porter
1981 Homicide Victim
Just before 7 a.m. on September 23, 1981, a man walking his dog near a wooded area at Ridgewood Road and Goucher Boulevard in Towson discovered the body of a 13-year-old girl. The girl, Heather Porter, had been missing from her home in the unit block of Hazel Avenue in Woodlawn since the night before. The condition of Porter’s body at the scene led investigators to believe that she had been drug into the woods. An autopsy later concluded that she had been strangled. DNA was recovered from Porter’s body but a match was never made. Detectives have conducted a thorough investigation into the incident but have not been able to positively identify a suspect in this case.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2030 or the 24-hour, toll free Metro Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-866-7LOCKUP. If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest or indictment of a suspect for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers. You can also send tips as text messages by texting "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). Learn more about Metro Crime Stoppers.
Revised June 13, 2016