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Four unsolved murders in a single week

Baltimore County police seek the public's help
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Posted at 6:00 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 08:19:03-04

TOWSON, Md. — The bloodied body of 47-year-old Dennis Joseph Buckley turned up on Lachlan Circle in Towson early Friday morning, and 12 hours later, police responding to the 3400 block of Barry Paul Road in Randallstown discovered 30-year-old DeAndre Rashad Miller dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

In the meantime, they learned a man found by the cleaning staff at a Howard Johnson hotel on Reisterstown Road a week ago hadn't died from a heart attack as they previously suspected.

"We came out there. We investigated it,” said Officer Jennifer Peach of the Baltimore County Police Department. “The body was sent to the Medical Examiner's Office and at the time that we discovered that body, there was no clear signs of trauma to the body."

But, an autopsy revealed 62-year-old Kenneth Ernest Gellner had died from blunt force trauma.

That same Friday, doctors turned off the life support for 27-year-old Gerrard Eugene Taylor.

A 911 caller discovered Taylor unconscious and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in an alleyway in the 400 block of Avondale Road in Dundalk on Wednesday night .

That's four homicides in the county in a single week after just seven during the first 12 weeks.

"It has been kind of quiet and I think that's just because it has been cool up until now, and usually when the weather breaks, that's when you see a little more activity," said Peach.

Whether it's the warmer temperatures or coincidence, all four murders have one thing in common – they all remain unsolved, for now.

"Four homicides last week – Monday, Wednesday and two on Friday – and at this point, we don't have good suspect information for any one of those,” said Peach, “So, absolutely, in all four of those cases, we're asking for anybody to call with any information if they saw anything, heard anything around the times of any of these homicides – give us a call and let us know, and then let us sort out the facts."

If you have any information, which could help police, you can call the homicide unit at 410-307-2020.