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Sarah Jane Forrester in 1999Sarah Jane Forrester was just 13-years-old in 1999 when children discovered her body in a wooded area behind Belmont Park Apartments in Woodlawn.

It was May 12, 1999 at 9:34 a.m. when officers were called to the area adjacent to the parking lot in front of 7 Kafern Drive, 21207. The body, partially decomposed, was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy where it was positively identified as Sarah Jane Forester. Her death was ruled a homicide by traumatic injury to the body.

Sarah Forrester had been reported missing from a group home on Bloomsbury Avenue, 21228 on February 20, 1999. She was reportedly last seen on or around April 28, 1999, in the Edgewater Village area of Harford County.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit continue to investigate the murder of Sarah Jane Forrester. If you have any information about her disappearance or murder, contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

Information on this unsolved homicide case and others can be found online.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text: “MCS (include tip)” to CRIMES (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

In the early morning hours of April 17, 25 years ago today, Tracie Lynn Mosley was dropped off by a friend at High Falcon Road and Pittston Circle, 21136 after they'd been out at a couple of nightclubs. She would never be seen again.

Tracie disappeared without a trace in 1995, leaving only her purse behind as a clue for investigators. Knowing that it would be uncharacteristic for Tracie, only 18 at the time, to leave without contacting anyone, and having no means to pay for transportation as her purse was discovered at the scene, detectives believe she was the victim of foul play.

Tracie Mosley is described as a white female, 5'10" tall, 150 pounds, with hazel eyes. At the time of her disappearance she had long brown hair.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit continue to investigate her disappearance. If you have any information that could help solve this case, contact detectives at 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.  

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text: “MCS (include tip)” to CRIMES (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

UPDATE (May 6, 2019 2:58 p.m.):

More than 33 years after the murder of Karen Ann Norton during what was believed to be a burglary at the time, a Grand Jury has indicted her then-husband, John Joseph Norton, on first degree murder charges.

Booking photo of John Joseph NortonThe case went cold following the initial investigation into her murder in her home in the 100 block of Delrey Avenue in Catonsville on December 17, 1985. Karen Norton was just 23-years-old when she suffered a fatal stab wound to the upper body shortly after returning home from work that evening.  

The initial investigation led police to believe that she was killed by an unknown suspect during a burglary, but as the case has continued to be worked by detectives through the years they began to narrow in on her husband, John Norton, as the primary suspect. Recent developments in the case have uncovered new evidence that further supported that theory, and the case was brought before the Grand Jury on Wednesday, May 1. After hearing the evidence, an indictment was issued and detectives served Norton with a warrant for his arrest that evening. 

Norton now remains held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending trial.

Visit the Baltimore County Unsolved Homicide Cases page on our website for information regarding other cold cases.

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Original Unsolved Homicide Release:

On December 17, 1985, Karen Ann Norton was murdered in her home in the 100 block of Delrey Avenue 21228. She had just arrived home from work at approximately 6:45 p.m. when she was attacked and killed.

Mrs. Norton, a newlywed at the time, worked at JCPenney in Security Square Mall. Although there was evidence of a breaking and entering, police believe this was staged to thwart the homicide investigation.

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: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

 
 
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