LANDOVER – It has taken the Prince George's County Police Department's Cold Case Unit more than 30 years to identify the skeletal remains of a male found by a man and his son while walking in the woods in Beltsville in October 1984.
When police arrived in the 12000 block of Baltimore Avenue, they located an adult male who they believed had been there about three months and had suffered from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body.
After 30-plus years, and thanks to advanced fingerprint technology at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., police were able to identify the remains as 27-year-old Bennett Louis. His last known address was in North Carolina. He was originally from Louisiana.
“Now that we have identified Louis and spoke to the family, we still do not know why Louis was in the Beltsville area in 1984,” said Detective Bernard King. “The last time his family had seen him alive was in 1983 in California.”
A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered to anyone with information on this case, no matter how small the detail, and is urged to call 301-772-4925.
“Even though it's been over 30 years, we are still trying to solve the case and provide answers to his family,” Nelson said.