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Date: Feb 14, 2019

“If he were alive today, my brother would be 32 years old. Our family and friends miss him very much. We still hope and pray Daniel’s case will be solved one day.” 

Homicide victim Daniel CoverstonCould this be that day? This is what Daniel Coverston's family and friends have wondered every day for ten years, and what they wonder still today. Could this be the day?

On February 14, 2009, at 2:50 p.m., Daniel's friend entered his apartment in the 7000 block of Lachlan Circle to check on him. Daniel was recovering after surgery for a detached retina, so his friend expected to find him in the same place he found him the day before - lying face down on his bed. Daniel was expecting his friend so he'd left the door unlocked. His friend had checked on him a number of times since the surgery, and each time Daniel was doing what the doctor ordered, resting face down.

He walked through the apartment and into the bedroom, just like he had around 2 p.m. the day before. Something was different this time. This time Daniel didn't answer. There was blood. Daniel wasn't sleeping. 

Daniel Ho Coverston was 22 years old when he was murdered, found face down on his bed with a gunshot wound to his head.

Crime scene photo of actual phone boothThe only possible clue to the killer's identity may be in the last phone call he received, which came from a phone booth that was, at that time, located on Loch Raven Boulevard at Belvedere Avenue. Detectives believe it is possible that the phone call made from that payphone may have come from the person who entered his apartment and killed him as he was resting following his surgery.

“Our Daniel was a bright and strong spirit. He was compassionate and generous. Daniel was both academically and athletically gifted. He had an unforgettable, contagious laugh and brought joy to those around him. There is a great hole in our lives and hearts since Daniel’s murder. It is our fervent hope and prayer that we can find Justice for Daniel,” wrote Daniel's sister.

It has been ten years since this murder took place. Someone has a piece of information that could help police solve this crime. Someone knows who killed Daniel Coverston. It is time to come forward and bring this family peace.

Contact Baltimore County Homicide Detectives with any information, regardless of how insignificant you may think it is, by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

Personal photos of Daniel Coverston and friendsToday can be the day.

Reward Offered

A $15,000 reward is being offered through Metro Crime Stoppers. Anyone who contacts Metro Crime Stoppers with information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for Daniel Coverston's murder may be eligible for this reward.

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, online, or via their new mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip:

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

View the Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland reward flyer for Daniel Coverston here:

The Baltimore County Police Department has completed the year end crime report for 2018. The Department’s efforts in working with citizens, County agencies, and law enforcement partners has once again yielded an overall decrease in crime. In comparison of 2018 to 2017, Part I violent crimes decreased by 4.5%, Part I property crimes decreased by 8.6%, and total crime decreased by 4.5%.

Partially due to a legislative change in Maryland’s definition of Rape that became effective on October 1, 2017, Baltimore County saw an increase of 7.1% in the number of reported Rapes in 2018.

According to Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan, “a reduction in crime is a direct result of a positive relationship with our community and the hard work performed every day by the men and women of the Police Department.”

“Driving crime down is an important way we strengthen our communities. In Baltimore County, we once again saw an overall reduction in crime, including a 4.5% decrease in violent crime,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “I commend our police department for working alongside committed community members to continue driving down crime, ensuring Baltimore County remains a great and safe place to live, work, and play.”

Revised June 27, 2017