A man in jail awaiting trial in connection to one cold case has now been tied to a second unsolved homicide, police said.
Maryland State Police announced on Sept. 19 that they charged Gary Artman, 64, in connection to a 2006 cold case. Artman was being held in a Michigan jail after his recent arrested in connection to a 1996 cold case.
Officials in Maryland said on May 4, 2006, the body of Dusty Myriah Shuck, 24, was found near a rest stop in Frederick County, Maryland. She was last seen in New Mexico weeks earlier.
Shuck was found wearing a tank top, a hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants, police said. She had no shoes or identification. A motorist found her along the side of the road.
The only identifying mark was a tattoo featuring dragons and the word “gypsy rose.”
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A medical examiner ruled her death a homicide from blunt force trauma and stabbing, police said. Detectives investigated and the case went cold.
In 2008, police tied the Maryland and Michigan case together. But it wasn’t until August 2022 when Michigan police said they identified Artman as a suspect in the case there.
Police also searched a storage unit in Florida believed to belong to Artman. There, they found several pieces of women’s underwear.
In Maryland, Artman now faces charges of first- and second-degree murder as well as first- and second-degree assault.
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