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UPDATE (June 28, 2016  1:54 p.m.):

The autopsy on Rebekah Jea Strausbaugh's body has indicated that the cause of her death was strangulation and the manner of her death was homicide.

Original release (June 28, 2016  11:13 a.m.):

A missing person investigation in Pennsylvania has led to a homicide investigation in Baltimore County.

At 3:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon, York Area Regional Township Police responded to a home in the 200 block of Cambridge Drive in Red Lion, PA for a missing person report. The complainant told police that he had not seen 30-year-old Rebekah Jea Strausbaugh since June 24th. She was going to Baltimore for the weekend and was supposed to return that day.

As part of the missing person investigation, officers responded to Strausbaugh’s home in the 200 block of Cambridge Drive, to speak with Strausbaugh’s boyfriend, 48-year-old Michael Anthony Morant.

The investigation has indicated that Strausbaugh and Morant lived together at the Cambridge Drive home. On June 25, Morant went to Baltimore City to look for Strausbaugh. He located her at the Shake Shack on Pratt Street and they both got into his car and drove north-bound on I-83. While they were in the car, they began to argue. He pulled off of I-83 to the area around Ensor Mill Road and Belfast Road in Sparks, MD. They got out of the car and continued to argue. The argument turned physical resulting in injuries to Strausbaugh that left her unresponsive. When Strausbaugh did not respond to Morant, he drug her body into the woods and covered her with a blanket.

Baltimore County Police Homicide Detectives located Strausbaugh’s body in the woods in the 15500 block of Ensor Mill Road 21152. Strausbaugh’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore City for an autopsy.

Michael Anthony Morant has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit.

Booking Photograph of Michael Anthony Morant

 Original release (June 26, 2016  12:55 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is investigating a Saturday night crash in Timonium that left a man deceased.

The preliminary investigation into the crash has indicated that at approximately 9 p.m., a 2003 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling east-bound on East Padonia Road. A 2017 Toyota Corolla was making a left turn from Treherne Road to west-bound East Padonia Road. The two vehicles collided in the intersection.

The operator of the motorcycle, 22-year-old Myles Alexander Dezurn of the 5900 block of Montgomery Avenue 21207, was declared deceased at the scene. The driver of the Corolla, a 26-year-old man, was transported to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for treatment. His current condition is unknown.

The crash remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. The investigation is expected to take several weeks.

UPDATE (June 27, 2016  12:15 p.m.):

York Road in Hunt Valley has been repaired and re-opened.

UPDATE (June 21, 2016  7:47 p.m.):

The restoration of the road surface after the water main break on York Road in Hunt Valley will begin tomorrow. The damage to the roadway is significant and the restoration is expected to take several days.

Water service is expected to be restored to the Loveton area by morning. Residents having questions about their water service should contact the Baltimore City Water Department at 410-396-5532. The Baltimore City Water Department has been putting out updates via their Twitter account ( @baltimoredpw ).

Updates will also be sent by Baltimore County out via Twitter via @BACOEmergency.

Water is still available at Baltimore County Fire Station 17 at 9835 York Road 21030 (Next to Target). Residents need to bring their own containers to fill from a hose on the parking lot side of the building.

Original release (June 21, 2016  11:52 a.m.):

Baltimore County Government continues to monitor the status of the repairs to the water main break on York Road in Hunt Valley. The repairs are being made by the Baltimore City Water Department, which is responsible for the water main. Questions about those repairs should be made to the Baltimore City Water Department at 410-396-5352.

Residents affected by the water main break who are in need of potable water can bring their own containers to Baltimore County's Texas Fire Station #17, located at 9835 York Road in Cockeysville.  An unattended hose located on the parking lot side of the station may be used by citizens.

Additional updates will be provided as the situation evolves.


Revised June 28, 2016