D.C. Homicide File Found on Maryland Roadside

By Cheryl W. Thompson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 13, 2000

A Charles County resident recently found something D.C. police apparently didn't know was missing: a 1997 District homicide case file.

The file was found just before Thanksgiving along St. Charles Parkway in Waldorf in a black leather bag. The resident turned over the bag to the Charles County sheriff's office, according to Lt. Tim Crawford, who oversees its property management unit.

"Yes, there was some property recovered that was, in fact, the property of the Metropolitan Police Department," Crawford said.

The bag and file belonged to a 5th District detective whom D.C. Police Capt. James Crane refused to identify.

Crane also declined to identify the homicide victim whose case file was left along the busy thoroughfare. Police also wouldn't say whether the file was opened.

"I can't comment on that," Crane said.

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