Family Hopes Killer Will Be Found In Decades-Old Cold Case

SEVERN, Md. (WJZ) — An Anne Arundel County cold case file receives some renewed attention. After three decades, the victim’s family hopes more reward money will help find a killer.

Gigi Barnett has the story.

Thirty-seven years ago, someone killed Phyllis Bohle, 23. Detectives say the killer used a fireplace poker to stab her to death. They searched for suspects, but Bohle’s case grew cold.

“I just want to know what happened to her. She was the love of my life,” said Bohle’s father, Bud Gray.

Now, almost 40 years later, Gray plans to heat up the search by adding $10,000 of reward money to the investigation.

Medicine bottles line Gray’s Timonium apartment. The 83-year-old says time may be running out for him.

“I know I’m not going to be around that much longer, and I’m not going to be able to find out what happened to her,” Gray said.

Anne Arundel County detectives say they’ve exhausted all leads in this case. Bohle was killed in her home in Severn and police have used the latest technology like DNA and lie detector tests on witnesses, but there’s still nothing.

Gray says the detectives on the case have changed over the years, but his commitment stays the same.

“After 37 years and not being able to come up with anything, is this really going to matter?” he said. “I’m hoping it does.”

Anne Arundel County police say anyone with information should contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.


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