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Heather Ann Porter

Heather Porter was only 13 years old when she was found murdered.

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.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses. Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip:

Revised December 7, 2016         


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