He was assisting a disabled motorist when he was struck on Rt. 15 in Frederick County.
Thurmont, Md (KM). During the Memorial Day Weekend, Americans pause to remember the nation’s war dead. But the Maryland State Police remind residents they’re still investigating the death of a US Marine nearly 19-months ago. Corporal William Ferrell, 21, of Carthage, NC, was struck and killed shortly before 11:00 PM on northbound Route 15 in Frederick County, north of Auburn Road. He had stopped to assist a disabled motorist.
“Our troopers at the Frederick Barrack want people to know that we have not given up on this investigation, and they were reminded of it as Memorial Day approached and we remember our military personnel,” says Greg Shipley, spokesman for the Maryland State Police.
“He stopped to help this individual and he was outside of his car, even though he was in a reflective vest himself, and was being careful, someone came along and struck and killed him,” says Shipley. “And that person, although they pulled off briefly, they continued on and did not stop and render aid and provide their information as they’re required to do.”
Shipley says investigators continue to work this case, and believe there are people out there who have information which could help. “We believe there are at least two drivers who passed that scene that night. But we believe there are others who know what happen and who have information and who can provide that information to our troopers and help them solve this case,” he said.
But he admits that it’s frustrating not have closed this case by now, and for the family, who would also like closure. “We want people to know we haven’t given up and we believe that the key to solving this .lies out there in information that someone in the public knows,” says Shipley.
Anyone who has information on this case is asked to call the State Police Barrack in Frederick at 301-600-4151, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP (756-2587). Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information that could help solve this case.
“We have had tips that have come in. We continue to work some of those tips. But there is nothing substantial yet that has led to an actual suspect, or suspect vehicle,” says Shipley.
By Kevin McManus