- The Washington Times - Friday, August 31, 2012

Prince George’s County police on Friday were back at the scene of a shocking killing to search for additional evidence in the death of a 17-year-old honor roll student who was gunned down in her Kettering home.

The department’s Homicide Unit and members of the recruit class combed through a wooded area and neighborhood yards a block over from the home on Chartsey Street where Amber Stanley was killed Aug. 22. A man forced his way through the front door of the split-level home and made his way through the home, finding Ms. Stanley in her bedroom and shooting her multiple times, police have said.

“We have new information that suggests this guy left on foot,” said Capt. Joseph Hoffman, commander of the department’s homicide unit.

As a result of that information, police widened the area they are examining for crime scene evidence to include the wooded area at Cambleton and Essenton drives. Neighbors’ yards and storm drains were also searched Friday morning. Police officials stressed that they are still seeking clues in the case and are working around the clock to solve it.

“We’ve been working this case non stop since last Wednesday night,” Capt. Hoffman said.

Police did not say what, if anything, they recovered through the additional searches.

Three of Ms. Stanley’s family members were inside the home as the gunman forced his way inside the night she was killed, but police said they escaped to safety at some point during the ordeal. The 17-year-old has just started her final year of high school at Charles H. Flowers High School the week she was killed. School officials described her as well-liked and scholarly and said she planned to become a doctor.



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