Maryland State Police on Wednesday released this photo of the knife believed to have been used in February's fatal stabbing of 21-year-old Edmond A. St. Clair on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.
Edmond A. St. Clair
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Maryland State Police investigators on Wednesday released a photo of the weapon believed to have been used to murder a University of Maryland Eastern Shore student in February. Investigators hope that releasing the photo will help generate more information about the person or persons responsible for the crime.
MSP Homicide Unit investigators described the weapon shown in the photo as a Remington Sportsman's Series folding knife with a 3.5-inch blade. The knife handle is reddish orange with a black camouflage print. The knife is believed to have been manufactured and sold in 2010.
The knife was found by State Police Homicide Unit investigators on the ground near the scene where 21-year-old Edmond A. St. Clair was murdered when he was stabbed at about 9 p.m. on Feb. 16. Police said the crime occurred when St. Clair was a passenger in a Honda traveling across campus along College Backbone Road, not far from the Student Services Center. Investigators believe several people were walking in the street and an altercation ensued between them and St. Clair.
The knife in the photo has been examined at the MSP Forensic Sciences Division Crime Laboratory. According to police, evidence found on the knife has positively connected it to the scene of the crime.
Investigators believe the unique orange and black camouflage handle might be enough to prompt the memory of someone who may have seen the knife before.
"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," said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police spokesperson.
Anyone with information about the knife is urged to contact police immediately.
Students said this extra evidence gives them reassurance.
"I feel like they have a better chance of solving the case, now that they've brought more evidence," said freshman Shalynn Chandler.
"It gives me some type of hope that it's not a dead-end to 'Trinny's' murder," added junior Naimah Tucker. "He was a friend of mine. I had class with him. So, it's good to know that it's not all going in vain and it's something that didn't just happen and everyone's moving past it, just because time has passed."
Police also stressed Wednesday that the search for suspects has expanded far beyond the UMES campus. Police said that due to the Homecoming Weekend activities occurring, there were hundreds of people on the UMES campus, many of whom were from the Baltimore/Washington D.C. corridor. Not all of those on campus that weekend were university alumni. Several events were open to the public. Activities persons from out of the area may have been attending included an alumni breakfast, parade, tailgate party, scholarship luncheons, pep rally, men's and women's basketball games and evening receptions.
Investigators said the description of possible suspects continues to be that of three tall, black males, two of whom have lighter complexions. All three were wearing dark clothing and one may have been wearing some type of ski mask.
Investigators would also like to identify three potential witnesses who were in the area at the time of the crime. They are believed to have been walking toward the student apartments shortly after 9 p.m. Two of the three are believed to have been carrying umbrellas. Two more potential witnesses may have been walking toward the scene shortly after the murder occurred.
Additionally, troopers are trying to identify a light-colored vehicle, possibly a Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable. This vehicle was seen in the area of the crime scene. Investigators would like to interview the driver and any passengers in this vehicle who may be potential witnesses to the crime. Police are also trying to identify the driver and any passengers who were in a gold vehicle. This vehicle was seen turning around a short time after the murder occurred, heading back toward the crime scene.
Persons with information are urged to contact Maryland State Police at (410) 651-3101, or Crime Solvers at (410) 548-1776. Crime Solvers and UMES are offering rewards up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).
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