A nearly four-year-old cold case may have thawed. A man was arrested in connection with the 2011 disappearance and death of Crystal Anderson, 29, of Prince George’s County.
Raymond Daniel Posey III, 22, of Nanjemoy, Maryland, was indicted on first-degree murder charges, Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry said.
Anderson was last seen in August 2011 at a party in Nanjemoy. Her mother reported the disappearance to the Prince George’s County Police Department, launching a joint investigation with Charles County, which included widespread canvassing and interviewing. Despite efforts, Anderson remained missing for months.
A hiker led to a break in the case in January 2012. He reported finding partial human remains at Purse State Park in Charles County. Detectives and search and rescue dogs scoured the area, recovering further remains and clothing.
In February 2012, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland determined the remains were those of Anderson.
Investigation into a potential killer continued for 3 1/2 years before detectives linked Posey to the crime. Details were then presented to a Charles County grand jury, and Posey was indicted in February 2015.
Detectives believe robbery was Posey’s motive, Charles County authorities said. He is currently serving an unrelated armed robbery sentence in the Maryland Department of Corrections.
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“This was a tough case to investigate, but our detectives and forensics staff never gave up. They worked closely with many resources and kept Crystal’s mother, Angela Anderson, informed almost every step of the way. Although we can’t bring Crystal back, we hope Mrs. Anderson is comforted in knowing that we care,” Berry said.
The investigation is still ongoing, and additional people may be charged. Anyone with information can contact Detective John Elliott at 301-609-6515, or can remain anonymous by contacting Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or tipsubmit.com.