Florida Man Charged In Cold Case Homicide In Frederick County

He’s being held in Michigan for a murder in that state.

Garry Artman, a suspect in a 2006 murder in Frederick County.  (Photo from Md. State Police)

Pikesville, Md (KM) Charges have been filed in a 16-year-old cold case homicide in Frederick County. Garry Artman, 64, of White Springs, Florida, is charged with 1st-degree murder 2nd-degree murder, 1st-degree assault and 2nd-degree assault.

“This is a cold case homicide dating back to 2006 when the body of a young, 24-year-old girl from New Mexico was discovered near a rest  stop on the side of the road in Frederick County,” says Elena Russo, a spokeswoman for the Maryland State Police.

Authorities say on May 4th, 2006, the body of Dusty Myriah Stuck, 24, of Silver City, New Mexico, was discovered near a rest stop on Interstate 70 by a passing motorist. She was found wearing a tank top, hooded sweatshirt and sweat pants. Shuck had no identification when she was found lying on the shoulder of I-70 eastbound east of New Market, Maryland, State Police say. The only clues investigators had was a two dragon tattoos on her back with the words “Gypsy Rose: written beneath them.

The State Medical Examiner’s Officer ruled in 2006 that Shuck’s death was a homicide, The manner of death was stabbing and blunt force trauma.

Russo says  investigators in Kent County, Michigan, arrested Artman for a cold case murder in their state in 1996 by using DNA evidence found at the scene. Michigan authorities provided a DNA swab to Maryland State Police which was tested by the state’s creme lab. It identified Artman as a suspect in Shuck’s murder.

“Years later it was due to a DNA match that the suspect, Garry Artman, the 64-yerar-old man from Florida, was linked to this case and the 1996 cold case.

Artman is being held in Kent County Correctional Facility  in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Russo says it’s unknown when Artman will be brought to Maryland to face charges in the Frederick County murder.

“It was very complicated, but luckily in this case, forensics played a crucial role in identifying a suspect in both of these murder cases, and possibly more,”: says Russo.

By Kevin McManus