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Old 06-15-2017, 11:54 AM   #91
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Sooooooo...if you can connect those dots, more power to you.
If the daughter's information is accurate, and the psychic was mistaken about who's voice she heard, that means there's Don the security guard, his roommate Sean, and another man who had an "interest" in the case who was the one who contacted the psychic. This mystery man and Don (the caller) were the only suspects in the case. Mystery man has since been cleared. Don, the caller, might be the security guard (who is also named Don). I think if one were to read between the lines, the caller Don is one and the same as the security guard. He had connections to local law enforcement, he was the one who found Tracy, and he would've had the opportunity to commit the crime.

Slightly off-topic with regards to Tracy's murder, but I wonder who the mystery man was? Concerned citizen, or someone known to the real killer (who also knew that he had a roommate named Sean)?
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The security guard did it. Hands down.

If he was patrolling, then I find it odd that he didn't see anyone else enter or exit the store. No signs of anyone else being there, and she was found in the closet. If someone came to talk to her then why would they be in the closet instead of in the storefront?

You know who would talk to her in the closet? An employee. I'm sure she was in there when he went in to "talk" to her. The calls, and the rest of the gunk is worthless. If we were to focus on the callers then I'll say Don, or his roommate called. Confession, or snitchin' is all there is to it.
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Agree re: the security guard's guilt. Anybody know where he is these days? Still out of the country?
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Agree re: the security guard's guilt. Anybody know where he is these days? Still out of the country?
According to his father's obituary from 2010, he is married to a woman named Laurie (she better sleep with one eye open) and they lived in Adamstown as of then. Not sure if that still applies today.

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latest article from 2014..still not solved

Pennington said Frederick police are still working the case and still get tips. In February 2012, he and other members of the department went to Philadelphia to present the case to the Vidocq Society, an organization of elite criminal investigation experts.

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Such a sad case. A promising young life snuffed out before it really began.
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Someone posted this on reddit:

My grandmother was a librarian in Maryland, in Walkersville, and there are many homeless and mentally ill individuals who hang out around the library because it's free and it's a place to stay. My grandma considers herself a friend to the friendless and befriended many of these people over the years. There was one man who I'll call Joe who she kept in contact with even after she left the library. He would become obsessed and fixated on things, and one of his favorite names was Melissa which is my name. When he knew my grandmother had a granddaughter named Melissa, he began to send me a birthday card every year. His other obsessions included umbrellas and blood.
I've never had the opportunity to meet Joe but I've heard many stories about him from my grandmother- including how he confessed to a retail store murder that he did not commit to a national hotline. Just because. I had no idea this case was still unsolved or talked about. All of this happened before I was born.
It's sad because the phone call is suspicious and everyone thinks it could lead to an answer but in reality, it was just a symptom of mental illness.
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My guess about the caller is this: He was interested in the case and felt like he KNEW the killer was Don the security guard. That is what compelled him to make the confession call, so that a) LE would think it was Don actually calling, or b) to at least get the finger pointed on the right guy in hopes that LE would wake up and smell the coffee. Of course, since daddy was the sheriff, that didn't happen.

Not sure if this has been mentioned, but sometimes in true crime shows (and even fictional crime shows) you will hear about someone who craves to be a cop like their father or grandfather or big brother, but they fail the psych testing or physical testing and then end becoming....you guessed it...a security guard instead.
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The security guard did it. Hands down.

If he was patrolling, then I find it odd that he didn't see anyone else enter or exit the store. No signs of anyone else being there, and she was found in the closet. If someone came to talk to her then why would they be in the closet instead of in the storefront?

You know who would talk to her in the closet? An employee. I'm sure she was in there when he went in to "talk" to her. The calls, and the rest of the gunk is worthless. If we were to focus on the callers then I'll say Don, or his roommate called. Confession, or snitchin' is all there is to it.
Exactly. I have always believed it that security guard.
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I've always refrained from commenting on this case because of how confusing it is, though after seeing it again, I read through all 7pgs of this thread and am in agreement w/everyone re: the security guard.

Two questions (may have overlooked the answers)

1) Did anyone see the guard leave or return to the shopping center?

2) Has any effort been made to get a DNA sample from him? The UM wiki says that testing of samples from the scene was to start in 2009 (link)
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Today marks 30 years since her murder. I am saddened that three decades later, there is no justice for Tracy and her family continues to grieve. The only thing that could help now is DNA, if any was left in the store and/or on Tracy's body/clothing. Tracy's family deserves answers and her soul cannot rest until her killer is caught and tried.
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Today marks 30 years since her murder. I am saddened that three decades later, there is no justice for Tracy and her family continues to grieve. The only thing that could help now is DNA, if any was left in the store and/or on Tracy's body/clothing. Tracy's family deserves answers and her soul cannot rest until her killer is caught and tried.
Tracy was exactly the type of kid I was always jealous of when I was in high school. The kid who really had their act together. She was a great student, smart, independent, already knew what she wanted to do with her life. She had such a bright future ahead of her and was robbed of that.

This one hurts just as a viewer. I can't imagine the hell Tracy's family must feel every day. (Though it was on display last year when two family members released that YouTube video and her sister was sobbing and saying she wants this solved before her parents die.)

If everything Don Barnes' daughter told me 14 years ago was true, it severely hurts my trust in the Frederick Police ever [wanting to] solve this.
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I wonder if there is DNA evidence? If so, it should be uploaded into a genealogy site and see if there is a match like it was with the EAR.
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Is it just me or is the poem that Tracy loved so much not a very good poem? It's so full of cliches and token phrases you hear every day on any soap opera.
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Is it just me or is the poem that Tracy loved so much not a very good poem? It's so full of cliches and token phrases you hear every day on any soap opera.
Christina Rossetti wrote that poem as a teenager in 1849, which sort of predates the cliches and soap operas.
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