Teen found on Harford road identified, but details lacking

Police seek suspect, motive in youth's killing

January 29, 2000|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

State police have identified the body found Thursday along an isolated stretch of road in Harford County as that of a 14-year-old boy from Northwest Baltimore. But they have not been able to determine how he got there or why he was killed.

Jacoby R. Fagan, who lived with his grandparents at the 5500 block of Wilvan Ave, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center Thursday morning after a motorist discovered his body along Route 152 near Fort Hoyle Road in Joppa. State police said Fagan suffered severe injuries to his upper body and died at the hospital about 1: 30 p.m.

Investigators have released few details about Fagan's death. They said yesterday it is unclear how the teen-ager ended up so far from home.

"This is a very intense investigation," said Lt. Joseph A. Barker Jr., a state police spokesman. "We have no motives or indications of what the crime might have been related to. We're releasing few details because we don't want to compromise the case."

State police were able to identify Fagan through fingerprints and a call from family members, who saw reports of the Harford County incident on television news.

"When I heard the news [Thursday] night, I called the Bel Air barracks and told them that my son had not come home yet," said Kim Fagan, the teen's mother, yesterday. "He was staying with his grandmother. She said he went out to play on Wednesday and just never returned.

"I don't know what might have happened to him," said Fagan, who lives in the 1900 block of Edgewood St. in Baltimore. "I am still in shock."

Jacoby Fagan was found in a wooded area a short distance from a gate to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Edgewood. Few homes are nearby.

"The detectives came to my house Thursday and asked me if I heard anything," said Judith Blevins, who lives in a home on Fort Hoyle Road, close to where the body was found. "It's very quiet back here. It's kind of scary that something happened so close and nobody heard anything."

Neighbors and school administrators described Fagan as a friendly teen-ager who enjoyed sports.

"This comes as a complete shock to me," said Roy Pope, principal at Pimlico Middle School, where Fagan was a seventh-grader. "He was a very likable young man. His attendance was irregular, but he got along well with his peers, his administrators and teachers."

Kim Fagan said she didn't know of any problems her son might have had with classmates or neighbors.

Mary Powell, 68, a neighbor on Wilvan Avenue, said, "I thought I just saw him cleaning off his grandmother's walkway. He would stop by to talk when he saw me sitting on my porch. I always told him that I didn't have any more kids and that if I had anything to leave, I'd give it all to him. I just can't believe it."

Investigators are seeking help from anyone who might have known Fagan, or whom he was traveling with the morning of the killing. Authorities are also trying to determine if he had any associates in the Edgewood or Joppa area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the criminal investigative unit at the Bel Air barracks at 410-879-2101.

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