Police look for suspect in 1995 killing

Officials say DNA evidence links man to crime scene

August 09, 2004|By Doug Donovan | Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF

Recently obtained DNA evidence from a 1995 killing of a Somerset County woman prompted Maryland State Police to launch a manhunt yesterday for the primary suspect in the 8-year-old case.

Maryland State Police officials announced yesterday that they were searching for Tonto Sylvester Corbin, 42, formerly of the 100 block of Crockett Ave. in Fruitland. Police said Corbin was in Brooklyn Park in Anne Arundel County on Friday.

Corbin is wanted in the beating and strangulation of Jacqueline Rogers Tilghman, 32, on Dec. 27, 1995, in Marion in Somerset County, said Maj. Greg Shipley, state police spokesman. Her body, naked from the waist down, had been found along a dirt lane off Marumsco Road by trappers.

A Somerset County grand jury indicted Corbin on murder charges Thursday. The grand jury was convened after the state police's cold case unit obtained a search warrant to collect DNA evidence from Corbin, Shipley said. The DNA evidence obtained from Corbin matched DNA collected from physical evidence from the scene of Tilghman's homicide, Shipley said.

He would not identify the nature of the DNA evidence.

Investigators spoke with Corbin on Friday by telephone, Shipley said. Corbin told the police that he would surrender to them but failed to do so. That led police to begin a search.

Corbin is also listed in the sex offender registry maintained by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services under the category of child sexual offenders.

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