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UPDATE (September 22, 2017 11:57 a.m.):

A family member of Bernie Smith has been located and he will be returned to his caretaker in Baltimore City. Thank you to everyone who aided in the effort to identify and return Mr. Smith to his home. Special thanks to Derek at Echo House Multi Services Center in Baltimore City who stepped outside and walked around the neighborhood in the 200 block of North Mount Street asking everyone if they knew Mr. Smith. Your extra efforts are what helped us finally get Mr. Smith back home.

UPDATE (September 20, 2017 10:42 p.m.):

The man found in Lutherville-Timonium earlier this evening has been identified through fingerprints as Bernie Smith (67), with no known local address. Police have still not determined how Mr. Smith got to the area where he was found or where he currently resides. Police are asking anyone familiar with Bernie Smith to contact officers at Precinct 7 - Cockeysville (410-887-1820) as they continue to investigate this matter.

Original Release (September 20, 2017 7:50 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a vulnerable adult found in the area of Fieldspring Court and Seminary Drive off of West Seminary Avenue in Lutherville-Timonium.

Police were called to the area around 5:22 p.m. when the man was knocking on doors in the neighborhood and unable to articulate who he was or why he was in the area. County EMS responded and found him to be in good medical condition but he appears to suffer from some type of cognitive disorder, possibly a form of dementia. The man appears to be a light skinned black male, possibly in his early 60's, approximately 5'8" and 150 pounds. He has brown eyes and a full black and gray beard and mustache. He is wearing an orange polo type shirt, khaki shorts, a pink baseball cap, and white high-top tennis shoes.

Anyone who may recognize this man is asked to contact police at the Cockeysville Precinct at 410-887-1820 or by dialing 9-1-1. Please share this post and help us to identify this man and return him to his home and family.

UPDATE (September 20, 2017 11:38 a.m.):

Michael Hayes has been located unharmed in Atlanta. Thank you to all who shared his information in the effort to locate him safe.

Original Release (September 19, 2017 1:48 p.m.):

Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating Michael Hayes (23), missing from the Windsor Mill area.

Michael is approximately 5'9" and 175 pounds. He was last seen at the intersection of Liberty Road and Rolling Road on Saturday, September 9. He was wearing a white coat and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. This missing person case is being investigated by the Baltimore County Homicide Unit due to the length of his absence.

A Baltimore County grand jury has indicted two suspects in the shooting of multiple vehicles that were traveling on Phoenix Road near York Road in Sparks on August 24, 2017.

The call initially came out for a suspicious condition around 1:52 p.m. when the first victim reported her rear passenger side window was struck as she was driving on Phoenix Road. She stopped, found a small bullet hole in the window, and reported the incident to police. SWAT and K9 units were dispatched along with additional support officers who began canvasing the area for the suspect. Over a one hour time period at least five vehicles that were driving on Phoenix Road were struck by gunfire, including one of the unmarked police vehicles that was searching for the suspect.

While the suspects were not immediately apprehended, the investigation has lead to the indictment of two suspects in the case, one of whom resides in a neighborhood that runs adjacent to the field from which the shots were determined to have been fired.

Tyler James Getz (18) of the unit block of Loveton Farms Court, 21152 and Timothy Allen Staples (17) of the 19000 block of Gunpowder Road, 21102 (charged as an adult) are both charged with multiple counts of 1st Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Malicious Destruction of Property. Both have been released from commitment on a $10,000 bond.

Booking photos of Getz and Staples, respectively.
Revised June 27, 2017