A 13-Year-Old Maryland Girl Was Found Dead Behind an Apartment Building. Police Have Yet to Find Her Killer.

Source: Baltimore County; MEGA

Nov. 7 2023, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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Woodlawn, Maryland, is also referred to as “Security” due to the importance and location of the Social Security Administration headquarters.

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However, 13-year-old Sarah Jane Forrester found it anything but secure. Her remains were discovered behind the Belmont Park Apartments over 24 years ago, and police have yet to charge anyone in connection with the case.

According to a Baltimore County police report, officers were dispatched to the area adjacent to the parking lot around 9:30 a.m. May 12, 1999. A partially decomposed body of a young girl was found and transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

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Forrester was identified, and the medical examiner ruled her death as a homicide by traumatic injury to the body.

Forrester was a resident of a group home, where she was reported missing almost three months earlier. She was last seen in the Edgewater Village area of Harford County by witnesses a month before her death.


According to a media report, a man was charged with her murder on Jan. 6, 2000. Later, the case against the suspect was dismissed, and he was released from police custody a month later.

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Baltimore County police recently renewed a call to unravel the mysterious cold case that had rattled the county for more than two decades. In a push for public help, the police broadcasted via Twitter to the public about Forrester’s death and the events that led to her body being found.

To date, the case remains cold, with no other arrests.

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, a volunteer organization that actively supports law enforcement agencies to solve crimes, placed a $2,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest. An anonymous caller is still eligible for the reward.

Baltimore County investigators can also be reached by anyone with information about Forrester’s murder by calling (410) 307-2020.


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