Police are looking for a man who tried to use an automated teller machine card belonging to a slain Laurel resident.
Within hours after the body of Ryan Odell Mance, 21, was discovered Friday afternoon in his home near the Laurel Lakes shopping center, a man tried to use Mance's ATM card to withdraw money from a bank machine on Hanover Parkway in Greenbelt, Laurel police spokesman Jim Collins said.
But the man failed to get any money because he did not have the victim's personal identification number, Collins said. He declined to name the bank.
Meanwhile, Collins said residents of Laurel Lakes should not worry that a killer is roaming their neighborhood.
"We think Mance may have known or been acquainted with the person who murdered him," Collins said. "We don't think this was a random crime."
Many residents of the community of single-family homes and town houses were stunned by the slaying of Mance, who lived with his mother.
Collins said police developed a profile of a possible suspect after checking with numerous banks in the Washington area to see if anyone had tried to withdraw money from the victim's account in the hours after his death. It turned out that the Greenbelt bank, which like other banks has surveillance cameras at automated teller machines, had information about a man trying unsuccessfully to get into Mance's account.
In the bank camera photograph, the suspect is wearing sunglasses and a bandanna. Laurel police are asking that anyone with information call 301-498-0092.