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    MD - Sheree Marie Magaro, 30, Kennedyville, 22 Feb 1987



    Sheree Marie Magaro

    Missing since February 22, 1987 from Kennedysville (formerly called Kentmore Park), Kent County, Md.

    Vital Statistics:

    Date of Birth: October 23, 1956
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 30 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3; 140 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown, short hair; brown eyes.

    Circumstances of Disappearance:

    Sheree Magaro, 30, was last seen departing her boyfriend's residence in Kennedysville (formerly called Kentmore Park), Md. on Sunday, February 22, 1987 at approximately 9:45 p.m. She was headed back home to Harrisburg, Pa. That night, there was a severe snow storm in the area. The snow started falling during the early evening and forecasters predicted a major storm. She had originally planned to spend the night with her boyfriend, Frank Brown, at his home and then drive to work early in the morning. She’d spent the last few days with Brown, leaving her 4-year-old son Tony at her mother’s house. Her mother, Mary Grace Youtz, said her daughter visited Brown often. But, as the snow fell harder, Magaro decided to leave that night.

    She said her goodbyes sometime around 9:30 p.m. and climbed into her gray, four-door ’76 Ford Torino. “She called me and told me she was leaving because it was snowing,” said her mother. “I told her, ‘Don’t come home because you will be traveling with the storm.’ She said she had to come home to go to work.”

    She never made it.

    Her burnt, abandoned vehicle was discovered the next day — but she wasn’t in it. Sheree Magaro has never been heard from since.

    That night, a full 18 inches of snow blanketed Cecil County, Md. At 9:30 a.m. that next day, Trooper Tom Kerns responded to an anonymous call reporting a deserted vehicle in a field about 100 feet west of Route 213, two and-a-half miles south of the Bohemia River Bridge, which is just north of Cecilton. He found Magaro's partially burnt car facing toward the Kent County border. Kerns saw blood in the car and noticed clothing scattered about. Hair and human tissue was found in the car, too. Even without a body, the medical examiner declared Magaro dead because of the amount of blood and brain matter found at the scene. The official cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Investigators would not release what kind of weapon they believed was used. Investigators interviewed witnesses who remember driving past the field and seeing a Ford Mustang with Pennsylvania license plates and its hazard lights on. One witness told police she saw a man talking to a woman in a car that resembled Magaro's gray Torino.

    "We looked at her stopping to help someone who was disabled," Maryland State Police homicide investigator Roger Cassell said. "And we got various stories from her family and friends. Some said she would stop and help anyone. Others said she was very cautious, and she wouldn't stop." Youtz said her daughter would have stopped. "She would have given anyone a ride," Youtz said. "She would have pitied them."

    Police determined the car could not have broken down. It was in perfect working order with nearly seven gallons of gasoline in the tank - more than enough to get her to Elkton where she normally stopped. "The mechanics went over the car," said Capt. Larry Meusel, who was active in the case. "It started. It ran. The tires were filled. It had coolant in it. There was gas in the tank."

    Police recovered Magaro's pocketbook, her driver's license and a tube of lipstick in the field. Months after the disappearance, a crew cleaning the roads recovered a credit card of Magaro's, near White Hall Road about 10-11 miles north of where the car was found. Nothing else was recovered during a search of the area.

    With more than a foot of snow covering the field, police theorized her body might be buried. Officers formed a line and shuffled through the snow, but to no avail. To this day, her body has never been found, and police have made no arrests. Some think Magaro's body was dumped in the Bohemia River Bridge, which was being reconstructed at the time of her murder.

    Meusel said police thoroughly investigated that theory. "There were no tire prints or tracks or anything by the bridge," he said. "We took dirt samples and grass samples to see if the car was driven in any other area. But it wasn't. The construction workers looked the best they could. They said she couldn't be in there. There's a lot of theories that go on whenever we do have a homicide," Meusel said. "You speculate and think 'Could this have happened?' If you don't have a body, where is the body? We searched the fields. We searched the woods. We searched the river. We had divers in the river. We had divers in by the bridge. We searched the new construction by the bridge, all along the highway from where we found the car up until Elkton."

    The biggest hindrance investigators had to deal with was the snow. The roads were largely deserted because of the time and the impending storm. The few drivers on the road were too focused on getting home to notice anything unusual.

    While investigators were still searching for clues at the crime scene, they learned a man had attempted to use Magaro's credit card at a Sears department store in Bel Air, Md. to buy a television. Because the credit card was maxed out, the clerk kept the card and the man left the store without saying much. Although the witnesses' descriptions of the men differ slightly, police believe the two men could be the same person.

    Magaro's ex-husband, Michael Magaro, was a suspect in her murder. The couple had been divorced about a year before Magaro was killed. She had full custody of Tony. "They had the normal divorce and custody problems," Meusel said. "We looked at the ex-husband very hard, but nothing ever came from it." Michael said he and his ex-wife parted on good terms, and has always maintained his innocence. He said he worked with the police in 1987, when he traveled from his Harrisburg home to the state police barrack in North East, Md., to take two lie detector tests.

    "Police said whoever killed her, she knew her killer," Michael said. "It was someone from that area. I was in Harrisburg - a good 90 to 100 miles away. What's the motive? Why would I kill her?" He can rule himself out as the killer, but everything else confuses him. "You can't make sense of something like that," he said. "She did nothing wrong. You're never going to get an answer. I feel guilty because if we were still together, she wouldn't have gone down there."

    Magaro married Michael when she was young. She had Tony when she was 26 years old. She was a petite woman, with short brown hair. "It seems like yesterday [that she was still here],” Youtz said. "She was vivacious and outgoing and so friendly. I think about her four or five a times a day. I don't know if this case will ever be solved. If it's in the Lord's will, he will expose [the killer] before I die."

    And while most would think the families of the victims are the only ones affected, Magaro's death still haunts investigators. Meusel, who lives in North East, said he thinks about the case constantly. He admits investigators are not any closer to solving the crime today than they were 14 years ago, but he still hopes for closure. "Every time I go down that way, I think 'Sheree, where are you?'"

    Sources:

    Doe Network: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/587dfmd.html
    The Charley Project:
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...ro_sheree.html
    Cecil Daily:
    http://www.cecildaily.com/news/local...47c9e03ad.html
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    have you ever seen the rain?

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    Whoops - the name of the town is called Kennedyville. No "s" in there. Sorry, guys.
    have you ever seen the rain?

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    Wonder if there was a delivery/pickup at a certain farm machinery place in Cecilton MD (trying to see how long in business) then onto Newark DE. That would put them going up US 213 and veering towards the DE state line. 1987 was a long time ago....bet most of those housing developments etc. were pure farmland and lots of creeks etc. My personal opinion is they would have dropped credit card because going north and just before they were to veer off either left onto US 40 or right towards DE.

    Who knows...just a thought

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    Yes, you're absolutely right Kat. The area where the car was found (Cecil County) is jokingly referred to as "Ceciltucky" by those in my area! And you can see why. Once you get away from the highways it's all totally rural. I would think that the killer was en route to either northern Cecil County (Elkton, maybe) or Delaware.

    I hope they dusted both credit cards (one found on the road and the one revoked by store clerk) for prints. If they have the guy's fingerprints on file, they're halfway to discovering who did it. I shudder to think why they didn't find a body in this case. I take consolation in the fact that maybe she died quickly, if she was hit. I suppose he attempted to burn the car in order to destroy evidence. But, I don't know what he was hoping to destroy. The scene sounds graphic.... blood and bits of brain matter?? Awful, just awful.

    And, to think this was probably a local. The Sears in Bel Air is still there, in the Harford Mall (I'm a Harford County resident). That's not too far away from the crime scene, so the killer could very possibly be a resident of Harford, Cecil, or Newcastle County - or any of the neighboring areas, either in DE or the Eastern Shore of MD. I'm not trying to pigeonhole everyone from Cecil, but there are definitely a lot of unsavory types (numerous registered sex offenders, parolees, and drug dealers) who live around there, I hate to say. Certainly, there are many very respectable and upstanding people I have met from Cecil, but it unfortunately does have a bit of a reputation. There's a certain segment of the population who would do anything for a dime. Correct me if I'm mistaken, but isn't that Ford model considered somewhat of a sportscar or a semi-upscale vehicle?

    Betting that the person who killed her and stole her credit cards thought she was rich (well, richer than them, anyhow). Her vehicle had PA tags. Out-of-towner, easy target. They did not have cell phones back then, so if she was stuck in the snow and had to pull over, she had no way to call her boyfriend or mom and notify them of where she was or what was going on. The witness said she had her hazard lights on, which tells you that it was probably due to the snow that she had to pull off. And, I guess there wasn't any way she could've driven further up the road to a gas station, or any place that was well-lit with other people, where she could use a payphone. She must have been worried, and felt vulnerable on the side of that road. Probably thought the killer was going to help her, or give her a lift. She was from Harrisburg and probably didn't know how sketchy the area actually was/is.
    have you ever seen the rain?

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    I cannot imagine anyone (single young woman) stopping for any reason in the snow (if her car was in good working condition)....wonder if she was "pushed off road" by another vehicle knowing she was a vulnerable female. SK truckers have been known to do this or motion you are having trouble with your car and have you pull over. Sorry I am such an SK trucker believer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat913 View Post
    I cannot imagine anyone (single young woman) stopping for any reason in the snow (if her car was in good working condition)....wonder if she was "pushed off road" by another vehicle knowing she was a vulnerable female. SK truckers have been known to do this or motion you are having trouble with your car and have you pull over. Sorry I am such an SK trucker believer!
    No, you're right, I totally buy the theory that somebody lured her to pull over. I'm also wondering if she slipped and slid on the road and veered off into the field. I'm not sure if cars were all that great in the snow back then and her car wasn't all-wheel-drive.

    I don't know what her boyfriend was thinking letting her go out in that snowstorm. The drive to Harrisburg was over two hours. I would've just insisted that she wait until the early morning to leave. Then again, there would've been road closures the next morning, I'm sure. Did the roads all get salted like they are now? She may have felt like she had no choice but to get going if she wanted to report to work the next morning.
    have you ever seen the rain?



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