Cold Case: Charles County detectives try to solve 1980 murder of DC teen


She was outgoing and she always had a smile.

Paul Brooks says not a day goes by that he doesn’t think about his older sister, Deborah, whom he called “Missy.”

“It was quite a shock that anyone would want to harm her,” said Brooks.

Missy Brooks was only 17 years old when she left her home on Monroe St. in NE Washington, DC, and walked to what was Peoples Drug Store. She had to correct her prescription.

“I’ll get dressed and go with you. And she said no you don’t have to go because I’m going to stop by my boyfriend’s house,” said Brooks.

It was the last time Brooks and his mother saw her alive.

The very next day, two hunters were in the woods off Sharpersville Road in Waldorf when they spotted a body underneath a pile of dry wall.

Brooks was found more than 30 miles from her home.

Detectives Tim Miner and Patrick Tona took over the cold case in 2012.

“A lot of times the suspects in these cases are found in the case file. And that being said, we have a number of individuals that we’re looking at,” said Sgt. Tona.

Brooks says a maintenance man found his sister’s prescription bag, and it had blood on it.

“When I saw the blood, my heart sunk because I knew something had happened to her,” said Brooks. “I have to go tell my mother. I have to show this bag to my mother,” he said.

The detectives have interviewed over a dozen people, as recently as last night. They are friends, family and strangers.

“Just that little piece of the puzzle is what we’re looking for,” said Sgt. Miner.

They are hoping the right person shines light on a 37-year-old case.

“Her death preceded the holidays every year of my life, so much so that until I had a family of my own I never celebrated Thanksgiving or Christmas,” said Brooks.

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