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Police Charge Crofton Man with Murder

Police arrested Michael A. Stahlnecker of Crofton when he attempted to board a plane in New York. He is charged in the December 2012 death of a Frederick man.

A Crofton man was arrested Tuesday morning at a New York airport on a warrant charging him in the death of a Frederick County man whose body was found in the trunk of his car late last year.

According to a Maryland State Police, 51-year-old Michael A. Stahlnecker of the 1700 block of Fallsway Drive in Crofton is charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/violent crime.

Authorities arrested Stahlnecker around 6 a.m. Tuesday as he prepared to board a flight at the JFK International Airport, according to a police press release.

Police said the body of John P. Ryan, 37, of Frederick was found in his Lexus in a parking lot in the 15000 block of Somerville Drive in Derwood, MD, on Dec. 3, 2012. Police had been searching for Ryan since his wife reported him missing.

In the summer of 2012, the Frederick County Narcotics Task Force began an investigation into allegations that Ryan and associates were involved in the importation and distribution of marijuana, according to a press release. Stahlnecker was reportedly identified as a close associate of Ryan’s in the operation.

State Police homicide investigators believe Ryan had a meeting scheduled with Stahlnecker on the morning of Nov. 28, 2012, at a warehouse leased by the suspect in Laurel. Ryan’s blood was reportedly found near the back loading dock and on the bristles of a broom outside business.

Police said investigators believe evidence indicates Ryan was shot at the warehouse location and then driven in his car to the address in Montgomery County where his body was found in the trunk.

Stahlnecker is currently held on a fugitive warrant in New York pending extradition proceedings to return him to Maryland.

Police said a motive in the case has not been confirmed, however investigators determined Stahlnecker owed large amounts of money to several people.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

George Washington February 12, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I want pictures!
Jill Johnstone February 26, 2013 at 08:21 PM
i have been good friends with Michael for 20 years and this entire thing is just unbelievable to me.........I am having a very hard time trying to "wrap my head around" this. To Michaela and Mike's family...... my thoughts are with you all constantly and I am praying for you to maintain the strength to get through this. Mike is a good man and has always been there for me, i value his friendship very much..... My heart also goes out to the Ryan family. The truth will come out in the end and no one should judge until that happens.
Danielmarxx February 28, 2013 at 07:45 AM
Mike Stahlnecker is a piece of garbage and should be executed if found guilty. The world will be a much better place with him off the streets and not abusing anybody else. Good riddance and thank GOD for coming to aid of the planet earth on this one. What a scourge he (Stahlnecker) is. I wish him the very worst.

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