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John Warren Gibson Jr., 25, of Lusby is being held without bond at the Calvert County Detention Center in connection with the suspected murder of a 27-year-old Lusby woman, who was his girlfriend.
Gibson was arrested Feb. 1 and charged with murder. After allegedly admitting to stabbing Amanda Lynn Foster with a kitchen knife during an argument about dishes Jan. 12, Gibson led police to a wooded area south of Leonardtown in St. Mary’s County on Feb. 1, where police said in a press release they found Foster’s body wrapped in a blanket in a trash can in the woods.
Martha Bliss, Foster’s grandmother, said she called the police Jan. 31 at 8:11 p.m. Bliss said several friends and family members were concerned that Foster might be missing because they had not seen Foster in several weeks and were receiving strange text messages from her cellphone that Bliss said were “not like” Foster.
“I made the call [to police] Thursday night and that was probably the longest night of my life,” Bliss said during a phone interview Monday morning. “I probably got maybe two or three hours of sleep, and then [Det. Rich] came about 10 o’clock [Friday] morning and told us. I’m still numb. I don’t know how long that’s going to last. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine this.”
Rich, of the Calvert Investigative Team, was called in to assist in the investigation after troopers from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack went to Foster’s home to try and talk to her. No one was at the San Jose Lane home and Foster did not answer her cellphone, according to charging documents.
Troopers learned her blue Ford pick-up truck had frequently been seen parked at a home on H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby. Troopers went to the residence where they found Foster’s boyfriend, Gibson. According to charging documents, troopers “discovered various inconsistencies” in Gibson’s statement and requested assistance from C.I.T.
Rich arrived at the H.G. Trueman Road home at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and spoke to Gibson directly. Rich said he asked Gibson a series of questions to clarify some of the inconsistencies in Gibson’s statement, and the interview “confirmed several statements which seemed to be unsupported by either logic or known facts,” charging documents state.
Gibson told Rich he dropped Foster off at WaWa in California, Md., at 9:30 a.m. and had a telephone conversation with her at 11:30 p.m. the previous day. After Rich completed the interview, Gibson allegedly said he would continue to try to call Foster and “if any information was learned he would call me.”
Shortly after midnight, Rich went to Foster’s home, where Foster’s mother was waiting. Foster lived in the basement of a home shared by two other people. All three told Rich they had frequent contact with Foster on a daily basis and that the contact “suddenly ceased” on about Jan. 10. They told Rich they had received messages after Jan. 10, but that the “nature, content, diction, symbol use, and/or greetings/signoffs” of the text messages were “significantly different and uncharacteristic of her text messages,” according to charging documents. The last time Foster’s mother spoke to her on the telephone, charging documents state, was Jan. 10.
Bliss said this is what made her, along with other friends and family members, worried that something was wrong with Foster.
“The wording was very suspicious,” Bliss said of text messages she received from her granddaughter’s phone after Jan. 10.
Bliss said Foster would pick up her mail at her mother’s house but hadn’t done so in about three weeks despite requests from her mother urging her to do so. Bliss said Foster also owed her money for several bills. When Bliss sent Foster a text message about needing the money, Bliss said she received a response that Foster would stop by to give it to her but she never showed up.
Since Rich could not locate anyone, other than Gibson, who may have talked to or seen Foster after Jan. 10, he conducted a search of Foster’s home at 1:10 a.m. Feb. 1, charging documents state. Foster’s two housemates accompanied Rich during the search. Rich asked one of the housemates, who frequently walks through the basement area to do laundry, if any furniture was missing or looked out of place. The housemate said the futon pad was missing and the futon frame had been moved, and also pointed out a large blue chair that had not previously been in the room.
Two spots of what troopers believe to be dried blood splatters were found on one of the walls near the blue chair, according to charging documents.
On the card table next to the blue chair was Foster’s credit card and Gibson’s driver’s license. Investigation revealed her credit card was still being used through January and the frequency and amounts spent per transaction throughout the month had “substantially increased,” charging documents state.
Bliss said the credit card was listed in her name and she had given the card to Foster during college. She said Foster was the only one who ever used the card.
Through Foster’s cellphone provider, troopers triangulated the location of her cellphone, which was located at the home on H.G. Trueman Road where police had first talked to Gibson.
Rich said he went back to the H.G. Trueman Road home at about 3 a.m. and asked Gibson to go to the sheriff’s office for further questioning, which he agreed to do. Gibson allegedly waived his Miranda Rights and told Rich he and Foster became involved in an argument over dishes on either Jan. 11 or 12. He said the argument became “heated,” so he grabbed a kitchen knife. Foster “came toward him … in a nonviolent manner” and Gibson stabbed her in the chest, charging documents state.
Foster collapsed on the floor, Gibson said, and he “knew that she was dead after just ‘ten seconds,’” according to charging documents. He then wrapped Foster’s body in a blanket, put her in a large trash can and took her body to St. Mary’s County. Gibson said he would take police to the location of the body and that the knife used to kill her was with her remains, according to police.
At 8:45 a.m., Gibson directed investigators to Hanover Beach Lane in Leonardtown, according to charging documents. Foster’s body was found in a large, dark grey trash can hidden under some brush. The lid on the trash can was wired shut, police said, but when opened, they found Foster’s body inside, charging documents state. Foster’s body was taken to the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for an autopsy.
Bliss said she was very close with her granddaughter. She said she and Foster would “do a lot of shopping together” and often traveled together. Bliss said Foster loved to spend time by the water.
“She loved to go swimming in the pool. I used to take her down to the Solomons Landing pool … or when the Chesapeake Hills Golf Course had a pool, I’d take her there a lot,” Bliss said. “I used to love it when she would come to my house for a weekend, and she loved to go down to the beach and just walk along the water.”
Although Foster attended Barton College in Wilson, N.C., and St. Mary’s College of Maryland to study math, she was working as a waitress at a restaurant in California, Md., at the time of her death. Bliss said Gibson also was once employed at the same restaurant, and that is where the two met. Bliss said Foster and Gibson had only been dating about three months but Gibson had attended several family functions with Foster, including Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Rich with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Jones with MSP are continuing the investigation. Anyone with additional information can contact them at 410-535-1600, ext. 2765 or ext. 2455.