Annie McCann’s parents offer $15,000 reward on fourth anniversary of her death in Baltimore


Annie McCann, right, and her mother, Mary Jane Malinchak-McCann. Annie was found dead in Baltimore on Nov. 2, 2008. She was a junior at West Potomac High School in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. (FAMILY PHOTO)

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.


A composite sketch of a woman seen with Annie McCann in the Little Italy section of Baltimore on Oct. 31, 2008. (Courtesy of McCann Family)

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.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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