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Model home murder: Worker found dead in Hanover

Posted at 10:32 AM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 07:30:38-05

A type of crime you expect to see on TV shows and movies happened right here in Maryland Wednesday evening. 

Around 5 p.m., Anne Arundel County Police responded to a 911 call at a model home in the 7500 block of Newmanstown Drive. When they walked inside, they found a man suffering from an apparent trauma. 

“When they got inside the building, the model home, they discovered a deceased 33-year-old male,” said Sgt. Jacklyn Davis of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, “He was identified as Steven Wilson and he was suffering from apparent upper body trauma."

The Annapolis man was a sales and marketing representative working out of the model home, and police say evidence at the scene indicates he was murdered. The exact cause and manner of his death will be determined by the Medical Examiner after an autopsy is performed. 

Multiple crews, including the Anne Arundel County Homicide team, searched the area for clues, trying to figure out what exactly happened. After canvassing the house and the neighborhood, police say they found signs of a struggle, and investigators turned up a number of pieces of evidence during a search of the neighborhood overnight.

Justin Musterman just moved into a house there this week and says Wilson was the one who handed over his keys when he visited the model built by Ryan Homes.

"They just recently changed them out,” said Musterman, “The lady who was selling here before had moved over across the street to the other development, and he just started."

For now, police have a mystery on their hands, and they're awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine Wilson's cause of death.

"It's very tragic.  This man was trying to work, trying to earn a paycheck for his family when somebody came into his place of business and murdered him,” said Davis, “We still don't know the motive.  We don't know if this was targeted.  We don't know if it was random.  We don't know if it was a case of mistaken identity."

What they do know is that someone killed Wilson and left the new community with plenty of contractors, residents and prospective homeowners coming and going without raising any suspicion.

"It's a brand new development.  It's a pretty nice community,” said Musterman, “It's right across from the military base and the NSA.  I can't imagine why anything would happen over here."

Because this is an active investigation, police are not releasing any evidence at this time. 

If anyone has information, police encourage you to come forward by calling the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. If you want to remain anonymous, you can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.