Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Police seek witnesses for case

Year-old murder investigation of Rockville man not yet closed

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County police say they have a ‘‘pretty good idea” who shot and killed 20-year-old Troy Antoine Clark a year ago and are looking for witnesses to come forward with information that would close the case.

‘‘We felt all along that it’s a local case, that [the people responsible] came from the neighborhood that it happened, and we still feel that way,” Detective Larry Haley, lead investigator for the case, said Monday.

Clark, of the 1300 block of First Street in Rockville, was murdered in an early-morning shooting in his own neighborhood, police reported. His body was found at approximately 3:30 a.m. July 13, 2007, in a wooded area along a fence line in the back of the 1300 block of East Gude Drive.

‘‘If you drove down Gude Drive 100 times, you wouldn’t know it’s there unless you live there,” Haley said of the location.

Police said Clark was last seen alive at the Exxon gas station at 1215 East Gude Drive at 2:51 a.m. that morning.

Haley said the crime ‘‘very well could be” related to a gang. He said police cannot confirm a motive in the killing until they find who is responsible.

‘‘We’re looking for someone who saw something or saw the group of individuals with the victim before or after,” Haley said. ‘‘We’re looking for someone to come forward with information that confirms what we already know.”

Clark’s family held a candlelight vigil Saturday night along the fence line where he was found dead. Haley said the event was held to honor Clark and shed light on the crime to ‘‘remind people in that area it hasn’t been forgotten about.”

He added, ‘‘I will never stop working the case until it’s solved with an arrest.”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Haley at 240-773-5070.