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UPDATE (December 30):

Douglas Scheufele has been located alive and well in Catonsville. Thank you to everyone who provided us with information and to those who shared his information on social media.

Original release (December 29):

Baltimore County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 32-year-old man missing from the Dundalk area.

Douglas Scheufele is 6'02", 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and work boots.

Douglas Scheufele was last seen on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at a bus stop at the intersection of Edmondson Avenue and Harlem Lane. He was expected at home in Dundalk, but did not arrive.

Douglas Scheufele requires regular access to medication for a medical condition and may not have access to this medication.

Anyone with information on Douglas Scheufele is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

*** CRITICAL MISSING PERSON ***

UPDATE (December 10):

The Baltimore County Police Department is continuing to look for 61-year-old Douglas Vincent Clark of Dundalk. So far, investigators have not developed any information on where he might have gone.

This investigation is being handled by the Baltimore County Police Missing Persons Unit.

Anyone with information on Douglas Vincent Clark is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Original release (December 4):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing person from Dundalk.

Douglas Vincent Clark is a 61-year-old white male. He is 6’1”, 210 pounds, blue eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a rust-colored jacket and black pants.

Douglas Vincent Clark was last seen at 7 a.m. on November 3 in the unit block of Graywood Road 21222.

Mr. Clark requires daily medication and may not have access to it.

Anyone with information on Douglas Vincent Clark is asked to call police at 410-887-0872.

Douglas Vincent Clark

UPDATE (September 26):

Baltimore County Police have charged 43-year-old Stephen Michael Cooke Jr with conspiracy to commit witness intimidation in connection with his trial on murder charges.

On April 20, 2000, the body of 24-year-old Heidi Bernadzikowski was found on her home in the 2000 block of Codd Avenue in Dundalk. The autopsy of her body concluded that the cause of death was strangulation and a cutting wound to her neck. The manner of death was homicide.

Detectives conducted a thorough investigation; however, they were not able to develop any information which led to the positive identification of a suspect and the case went cold.

In January 2012, detectives got the break they needed when evidence pointed to, Alexander Bennett (34). Further investigation led to the arrest of, Grant Lewis (35).

Homicide detectives never gave up on this case and in March of this year, the arrest of Bennett and Lewis provided the necessary link to also arrest Stephen Cooke, Heidi Bernadzikowski's boyfriend, for her murder.

Investigators later discovered that Stephen Cooke was attempting to hire another inmate at the Baltimore County Detention Center to harm Grant Lewis to prevent him from testifying. Stephen Cooke has been charged with conspiracy to commit witness intimidation and conspiracy to commit first degree assault. He is being held without bail on those charges.

Original release (March 21):

Fourteen years after the murder of 24-year-old Heidi Bernadzikowski in her Dundalk townhome, Baltimore County Police homicide detectives have arrested and charged her boyfriend with hiring someone to kill her.

This week, Stephen Michael Cooke Jr., 43, of the 1000 block of Englishman Harbour, Pasadena, 21122, was charged with first-degree murder. He was arrested in Anne Arundel County and is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police have believed almost from the beginning of this case that Cooke -- who was the victim's boyfriend and lived with her in the 2000 block of Codd Avenue -- conspired to kill Ms. Bernadzikowski, but detectives have been unable to prove his involvement. A breakthrough came recently, when one of the co-conspirators -- Alexander Charles Bennett, 34, of Greeley, Colorado -- identified Cooke as the person behind the murder. Bennett is in the Baltimore County Detention Center, awaiting trial.

Bennett was charged with first-degree murder in January 2012 after police discovered DNA evidence linking him to the crime. The investigation shows that Cooke hired Bennett and another conspirator, Grant A. Lewis, also of Colorado, to kill Bernadzikowski. Cooke wanted to collect a $700,000 insurance policy he had purchased on the victim months earlier, police believe.

Lewis, 35, of the 2500 block of Locust Street, Denver, Co., was arrested in Baltimore this week and is charged with conspiracy to commit murder. He is held without bail at BCDC.

The investigation shows that Cooke contacted Bennett and Lewis via the Internet and entered into a murder-for-hire agreement with them. Lewis was the middle man and remained in Colorado, coordinating Bennett's actions; Bennett traveled to Maryland and committed the murder, strangling Bernadzikowski and cutting her throat.

Homicide detectives do not believe there are any additional suspects in this case.

"We have been seeking justice in this case for a long time," said Police Chief Jim Johnson. "Our Homicide detectives deserve credit for never giving up on these cold cases. They never forget these victims and their families, and they tirelessly pursue leads over many years. This time, their work has paid off."

Photos of Suspects

Stephen Michael Cooke Jr.

Photo of Stephen Michael Cooke Jr., charged in a cold case homicide from 2000.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Grant A. Lewis

Photo of Grant A. Lewis, charged in a cold case homicide from 2000.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Alexander Charles Bennett

Photo of Alexander Charles Bennett, charged in a cold case homicide from 2000.

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