A Dundalk man's missing persons case, which police have investigated since September, has been ruled a homicide, and a grand jury has charged two Middle River residents with the killing.
Jeffrey Jennings, 57, of the 8100 block of Gray Haven Road, was reported missing on Sept. 15, when Jennings' son called police and said he hadn't heard from his father in nearly a week, according to police.
Detectives from Baltimore County's Missing Persons Unit launched a months-long investigation, police said, and intercepted communications between John Leschefsky, 27, of Middle River and others that led police to believe Jennings was the victim of murder.
Baltimore County prosecutors presented the case to a circuit court grand jury this week, which handed down indictments on Monday against Leschefsky and Carollyn Duschl, 29, also of Middle River. They were arrested the same day and charged with first-degree murder. Duschl is also charged with being an accessory after the fact.
During the investigation, detectives learned of a possible location for Jennings' body. On April 3 at about 7:30 p.m., detectives searched in the 1100 block of Bengies Road in Middle River and found a body in a wooded area.
That body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where it was identified as Jennings.
Leschefsky and Duschl are being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center without bail.