- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 21, 2003

WILLOWS, Md. (AP) — A neighbor of a 14-year-old girl found dead in her home was arrested in Pennsylvania, authorities in Calvert County, Md., said yesterday.

Edward Frostbutter, 19, apparently knew the girl, but details of their relationship were not immediately available, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office said.

Mr. Frostbutter was arrested about 9 p.m. Monday, but Deputy 1st Class Chip Allen, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department, said he did not know exactly where the arrest occurred.

Sheriff Mike Evans said the girl’s body was found by a relative about 7 a.m. Monday on the lower floor of the two-story home in an affluent development about 35 miles southeast of the District. Sheriff Evans said the girl was killed late Sunday or early Monday, she wasn’t shot and the house had not been broken into.

The girl was not identified and further details of her death were not being released by investigators, Deputy Allen said.

Deputy Allen said Mr. Frostbutter was being held on a temporary warrant, awaiting extradition to Maryland. He said formal charges were expected to be filed yesterday, but it was not clear what the charges would be.

Sheriff Evans said detectives are investigating the girl’s death as a homicide and are looking into the possibility she was sexually assaulted.

Neighbors said the girl lived with her grandparents, who moved into the house about three weeks ago.

About 20 police vehicles were parked Monday afternoon around the house, which is surrounded by trees and a well-kept lawn. At least a dozen deputies searched the large back yard, which slopes down from the house into an area of dense woods.

Members of the girl’s family gathered on the front porch. They declined to comment.

News of the killing spread quickly through the community, where many residents don’t lock their doors and the biggest public-safety issue is speeding.

“This has already affected us all,” said a neighbor. “This is going to shake up the whole Willows neighborhood for a long time to come.”

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