Trail to the Truth: Eduardo Masoller

OCEAN CITY, Md. – When you think of Ocean City, there’s a sense of peace with the sight of waves.
The sight of caution tape, however, elicits a much different feeling.

“On the floor next to the nightstand was a pool of blood, the size of a plate and it was soaked all the way through to the concrete,” said Brett Case, a retired Detective for the Ocean City Police Department.

An unsolved homicide that almost 20 years later still haunts the man who first worked the case.

“This case didn’t get solved and it wasn’t for a lack of trying,” cried Case.

The Disappearance 

That case is the disappearance of 52-year-old Eduardo Masoller. A man from Virginia, who often spent time on the shore, for work.

“He was a contractor, did different construction jobs, would hire subcontractors out,” said Sgt. Todd Speigle with OCPD.

January 31st 2005, Masoller left for a job in Ocean City.

Co-workers, Jose “Beto” Romero and Jose Hernandez went with him and stayed at Masoller’s condo. That night, the three ate at Bull on the Beach.

The Last Phone Call

“Masoller calls his family and says ‘We’ve made it to Ocean City’ during the evening,” said Sgt. Speigle.

That would be the last time they heard his voice. Three days later with no contact, a concerned family called police.
A welfare check from OCPD, revealed it was much more than a missing persons case.

“There was no answer at the door, the family eventually came down to Ocean City and went into the residence and they immediately saw that there was a knife on the floor,” explained Sgt. Speigle.

Missing items and a Clean Up

The knife wasn’t the only discovery.
Blood splattered across chairs and cleaning supplies left out on the bathroom counter.

“The van was gone, a lot of the tools were gone, the mattress was gone, and the comforter was gone,” said Sgt. Speigle.

Condo Turned Crime Scene

The quiet condo off 63rd street was now considered a crime scene, and a spray of luminol revealed a bloody scene in the bedroom.

“When they did that it looked like there was a blood bath in there,” explained Case.

Perfect Recipe For a Murder

The significant amount of blood, paired with the missing items, police say, were the perfect recipe for a murder.

Police had reason to believe “Beto” and Hernandez were their prime suspects. Days later, the two were spotted on surveillance footage.

“By back tracking, we realize that they were in Virginia and they went to a pawn shop and got rid of the items they took from the victim,” said Case.

That was the last time police spotted “Beto.”

Where was Masoller’s Body?

“Where did the body go? It had to go somewhere,” said Case.

“I think what probably happened is the body could have just been placed in a dumpster,” said Sgt. Speigle.

Another theory was throwing his body in the surrounding water.
While the search continued, Hernandez was arrested in Ohio for larceny.
Following his arrest, led to hours of interrogation by Detective Case and other investigators.

” I was convinced. I was beyond convinced when I got there, but certainly convinced more after interviewing him, but didn’t get a confession, and that was heartbreaking,” explained Case.

Gang Association 

Police believe “Beto” and Hernandez were associated with a gang, and the murder may have been a set up.
Without a confession, there were no charges and to this day… his body has never been found.

“The problem is there’s a big difference between what you think and what you can prove in the courtroom,” said Sgt. Speigle.

I reached out to Masoller’s family after years with no closure.
Several phone calls later, they declined my interview,  in fear for their safety.
A Trail to the Truth, they aren’t sure, they want to follow.

It Remains a Mystery

“You’d like to be able to close it, but sometimes that’s why they call them mysteries,” said Case.

Eduardo was declared dead by the state in 2005, after a judge found it impossible for someone to survive the amount of blood loss at the crime scene. A funeral has never been held, because there is still no body to bury.

If you know anything about this disappearance, you can help close a 17-year-old cold case. Call Sgt. Todd Speigle at (410)-520-5353 with information.

Categories: Crime, Local News, Maryland