Suspect Arrested In Frederick County For Murder Of Teenager

Police say Curtis Mason Smith was killed by a 19-year-old Thurmont man









FREDERICK, Md. (March 24, 2021) – Through the course of a two-day investigation, multiple witness interviews, and search and seizure warrants, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) detectives were able to charge, Joshua David Eckenrode, age 19, of Thurmont, Maryland, with the 1st-degree murder of Frederick teen, Curtis Mason Smith, and an additional charge of firearm use in a violent crime.

“Our detectives and deputies, along with officers from the Frederick Police Department, have been working around the clock to solve this murder,” said Lt. Andy Crone, FCSO Criminal Investigations commander. “These professionals worked every lead, tip, and call they received and through their investigative efforts this person was quickly identified and detained.”

Detectives gathered enough information to execute search and seizure warrants late Monday evening, March 22, on two separate residences associated with Eckenrode. Through those searches, FCSO deputies found multiple weapons and explosive materials. Collaborating with the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, they rendered these devices safe and there is no threat to the community.

FCSO detectives initially held Eckenrode on the charges of possession of destructive devices, possession of a firearm, and possession of explosives without a license. As the investigation continued throughout the two days, FCSO detectives obtained enough evidence for the 1st-degree murder and firearm charges. Deputies transported Eckenrode to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center for holding.

The State’s Attorney’s Office says Eckenrode has waived his right to a bond hearing, and will remain held without bond.