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UPDATE: Photo Of Murder Weapon Released In UMES Slaying

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Remington Sportsman's Series folding knife Remington Sportsman's Series folding knife
Edmond St. Clair Edmond St. Clair
MSP Communications Director Greg Shipley MSP Communications Director Greg Shipley
surveillance video surveillance video

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Maryland State Police have released a key piece of evidence in connection with the February 16th murder of UMES student, Edmond St. Clair.

A Remington Sportsman's Series folding knife is the weapon police say took the life of 21-year-old Edmond St. Clair. The knife handle is reddish orange with a black camouflage print. It has a 3 ½'' blade and is believed to have been manufactured and sold in 2010.

"Evidence was found on the knife that positively connects it to the murder of St. Clair," Maryland State Police Communications Director Greg Shipley said.

About two months since the murder, dozens of tips have come in, but still no arrests. DNA testing now positively shows Edmond St. Clair's blood on that weapon. Police believe its unique design may be the key to identifying the suspects.

"We believe there are people who are familiar with the person who had possession of this knife, and was on the UMES campus the night of the murder," Shipley said.

That night was February 16. St. Clair was allegedly killed on College Backbone Road around 9:00 p.m. after an altercation with several people walking by. Police had hoped surveillance video would prompt solid leads from witnesses, but no luck yet. Investigators reportedly found the knife on the ground near the crime scene.

"There was other DNA on the knife that investigators continue to examine. It has not been positively connected with anyone yet," Shipley said.

It's known police have been looking for a light colored vehicle, possibly a Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable. But just revealed, they're now searching for another car.

"A gold car was seen turning around a short time after the crime occurred and headed back towards the crime scene," Shipley said.

Investigators are still looking for three suspects. All are said to be tall African American males, two of whom have lighter complexions. All three were wearing dark clothing and one may have been wearing some type of ski mask.

"We simply cannot rest until these vicious criminals that committed this horrendous crime have been captured and prosecuted to the full extent of the law," incoming UMES SGA President Justin Thompson said.

Police admit they do not have any reason to believe the killers were students. We've learned the investigation has expanded far beyond UMES, since homecoming activities brought many visitors to the campus that weekend, many of whom were from the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.

Investigators are also looking to track down five potential witnesses who were in the area at the time of the crime and are urging anyone with information to come forward. Three of them are believed to have been walking toward the student apartments shortly after 9:00 p.m. Two of the three are believed to have been carrying umbrellas. The two other potential witnesses may have been walking toward the scene shortly after the murder occurred.

A $10,000 reward is available for anyone with information which could lead to an arrest. Send your tips to Maryland State Police at 410-651-3101 or Crime Stoppers at 410-548-1776.

 

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