BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Recent DNA advances help close a 2006 Baltimore County murder case and now the victim’s husband is to blame.
On September 14, 2006 Baltimore County police officers investigated a missing persons case in the 4200 block of Necker Ave. in Parkville.
Michael Amick, 56, told police that his wife, Roxanne, left their home at 2 p.m. on September 13, 2006 to go shopping and never returned.
She took his 1998 Plymouth Voyager and left her cell phone at home, Amick reported.
The car was later recovered in the 8800 block of Belair Road.
Roxanne’s body was found a day later, wrapped in two blankets in an area that contained large amounts of poison ivy plants.
An autopsy concluded the cause of Roxanne Amick’s death to be multiple injuries and the manner of her death was homicide.
Police say Amick was brought to police headquarters where he said that he and Roxanne had been involved in an argument and that is why she left.
Investigators noticed that Amick had a rash on his arms that went from above his wrists to below where a short sleeve shirt would have ended.
It was later determined that the rash was contact dermatitis that was a reaction to plant material like poison ivy.
Amick told officers he wasn’t sure how he got the rash.
Thanks to DNA advances years later, detectives were able to test DNA found inside the right hand work glove which was later matched to Amick. Blankets that covered Roxanne’s body was also determined to be a match to Amick.
On October 13, 2016 police obtained an arrest warrant for Amick.
He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and is being held on $250,000 bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
Amick moved to Hawaii after Roxanne’s death. He recently returned to the Baltimore area to visit, police say.