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Date: Jul 2018

On July 1, 2018, Devon Peter Ireland (18) of the 11900-block of Thurloe Drive, 21093 was reported missing to the Baltimore County Police Department.

Family members and police searched for Mr. Ireland. On July 16, 2018, Devon’s family was notified that he was located inside a vacant house on Washburn Avenue, 21225. Baltimore Police were called to the vacant house on June 29 and located the 18-year-old, deceased inside the house. According to investigators, there were no signs of trauma or foul play. Police were unable to positively identify Ireland until July 16.

The cause and manner of Ireland’s death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The Baltimore Police Department is continuing their investigation at this time.

UPDATE (July 13, 2018 11:45 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged Tavon Malik Edwards (19) of the 3100 block of Bancroft Road, 21215 with First Degree Murder in the death of Howard Blevins, found laying on the sidewalk on Sandy Stone Road in Essex just after midnight on June 2.

Blevins was suffering from obvious trauma to the upper portion of his body and was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The Chief Office of the Medical Examiner determined cause and manner of death to be homicide by gunshot wound following an autopsy.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit determined that Edwards and Blevins were known associates dealing in illicit narcotics. Edwards approached Blevins that night and shot him to death following their interaction. He then fled the scene in a vehicle parked nearby.

Edwards is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status following an initial bail hearing earlier today.

Original Release (June 2, 2018 8:46 p.m.):

Police have identified a 50-year-old man found dead on the sidewalk in front of an apartment building in Essex just after midnight.

Police were called to the 1100 block of Sandy Stone Road when a neighbor saw the man laying on the sidewalk and called 9-1-1. The man is identified as Howard Vermont Blevins of the 1100 block of Sandy Stone Road, 21221. The man was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 1:26 a.m. He was determined to have evidence of trauma to the upper body. Cause and manner of death are pending results of an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit is conducting the investigation into this incident and is asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything around midnight to contact police at 410-307-2020. 


Anyone with information on this case can also submit a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. For more information on other ways to contact Metro Crime Stoppers, as well as information on rewards offered by or through them, check their website at Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, may offer a reward for information in connection with felony offenses when tips are received through their website or phone line. Anonymous tips can also be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message, or online.

Around 8 p.m. July 11, 2018, Johnnie Russell Gobeli, 94, of the 8400-block of Kings Ridge Road, 21234 was reported missing to the Baltimore County Police when his son found his father's vehicle parked and running in the single-car garage of his home, with groceries still inside the vehicle. An extensive search of the home and surrounding area was conducted that evening, but officers were unable to locate the missing man. The following morning detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit responded to the missing man's home to investigate further, where they discovered the body of Gobeli concealed nearly completely under his car inside the small garage. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Their investigation has lead detectives to believe this incident is an accidental death and that Gobeli may have become wedged underneath the vehicle and unable to get out after sliding under it to check on a mechanical issue. His body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. 

Revised June 27, 2017