Suspicious Fire Deaths in Severn, MD.
On Thursday, December 10, 2015 at approximately 3:40 a.m., members of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department responded for a dwelling fire in the 1200 block of Old Camp Meade Road, Severn, Maryland. This residence was under construction due to a previous fire in February 2015. Once fire officials were able to get the fire under control a deceased human body was discovered on the first floor of the residence. At approximately 6:00 a.m., Anne Arundel County Fire Department personnel requested the assistance of the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Homicide Unit.
Working in conjunction with the Fire Department/Fire Marshalls Office, and the Anne Arundel County Police Evidence Collection Unit a major scene processing was underway. The white female human remains were recovered and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner located in Baltimore Maryland. Several animal remains were also recovered from the fire scene. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the unidentified remains as detectives are assisting with obtaining a positive identification.
The fire scene was secured overnight as a further search was needed along with the use of large equipment in order to conduct a further search of the residence in a safe environment. On Friday, December 11, 2015, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department /Fire Marshalls office, Department of Public Works, Bay Area Recovery Canines and the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit responded back to the scene of the residence fire. The Department of Public Works utilized large equipment in order to help remove heavy debris and secure dangerous areas within the residence. Once the scene was secured Fire Department recruits sifted through the rubble and debris in search of any evidence and or victims. Bay Area Recovery Canines also utilized specially trained dogs to assistance with the search through the debris.
At approximately 11:55 a.m., a second body was located in the rubble and debris by Fire Department personnel. The body was a white male and is currently unidentified. The Anne Arundel County Evidence Collection Unit collected items of evidentiary value located in the area of the deceased male in regards to the fire deaths investigation. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded back to the scene and transported the male remains to Baltimore so an autopsy could be performed on December 12, 2015. The Anne Arundel County Police Homicide Unit is also assisting with the identification of the deceased white male found in the residence.
At this point in the joint investigation between the Police and Fire Departments, the police department is assuming command of the investigation. There are several suspicious factors in regards to the deaths coupled with evidence recovered from the scene. This has been a collaborative effort from several Anne Arundel County Agencies and is very fluid as information is being pieced together. As information becomes available an updated press release will follow.
The deceased white female was positively identified as Diana Lynn Knight a 59 year old female from the 1200 block of Old Camp Meade Road, Severn Maryland. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled her cause of death from trauma to the upper body with the manner being homicide. The body of the unidentified white male was autopsied today as results are pending at this time as the investigation is ongoing. Homicide detectives are working with the OCME as to the identity of the deceased male. At this point in the investigation homicide detectives indicate preliminary information points to this being a targeted incident and not a random act of violence. As information becomes available an updated press release will follow.
The Anne Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information to come forward by calling Homicide Detective Dan Myers at 410-222-3413. If people with information wish to remain anonymous they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.