This month marks the four-year anniversary of the puzzling and awful death of Annie McCann, the 16-year-old junior from West Potomac High School in Fairfax County. Now her parents are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and charges in the case.
Annie was found dead outside a housing project in Baltimore, though she almost never ventured beyond her high school and neighborhood in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. McCann’s parents continue to believe their daughter was murdered. Baltimore City police, based on a finding by the chief medical examiner in Maryland, believe she committed suicide by drinking a container of the disinfectant Bactine.
Dan and Mary Jane Malinchak-McCann, Annie’s parents, think that is ridiculous, and are still pressing for justice. In addition to the reward, they have launched a Web site, JusticeForAnnie.com, which has all the background of the case, audio from the police and an expert on Bactine, documents, ways to help and a video called “Baltimore Ugly,” which indicates that justice is not often found in Charm City.
In the last year, developments have continued to unfold. A man who was charged with stealing Annie’s car, but claimed she was already dead when he took it, was charged with killing another woman and stealing her car. And a composite sketch of a woman seen with Annie on Oct. 31, 2008, was linked to a woman in Annie’s Catholic church.
More recently, an anonymous Baltimore blogger who calls herself ”Former Criminal Prosecutor” claimed last week that she drank an entire large sized container of Bactine to see what would happen. “Obviously, I did not die from this,” the blogger wrote. “I became violently ill in this taste test,” which she said she performed to assist the McCanns, though they don’t know who she is. “That earned me a visit to the 36 hour Psych Hold as I refused to explain why I had consumed a bottle of Bactine, as this was none of their business.”
If you have any information about the death of Annie McCann on Halloween weekend 2008, near the Perkins Homes in Baltimore, call 703-768-5488.