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Published on June 21, 2024
VIDEO: Baltimore County Police Renew Appeals for Clues in Six-Decade-Old Murder Case of 9-Year-Old Alva ParrisSource: YouTube / Baltimore County Police Department

The cold case of the murder of young Alva Parris in Baltimore County has resurfaced, with the police still questing for information six decades after the tragedy. According to Baltimore County Police Department, on June 10, 1960, Alva Jean Parris was last seen heading to her aunt's house, located just a few blocks from her home. Tragically, her journey never concluded at her relative's doorstep.

The subsequent discovery of her body on June 15, 1960, in a shallow grave in Essex, has haunted the local community and law enforcement for over sixty years. She was found covered in lye, a substance thought to have been used in an attempt to eradicate evidence. Baltimore County Police Department's ongoing investigation underscores a commitment to finding closure, despite the passing of time. They believe clues could still surface and are calling on the public for assistance. "While the person responsible for this crime may be deceased," the police statement says, "clues to the case may be hidden among items passed down to family members."

Encouraging any individual with knowledge to come forward, the police remind us that "the smallest piece of information could help to close this case." A reward of up to $2,000 is on the table, offered by Metro Crime Stoppers, for tips that lead to an arrest and felony charges. Tips can be submitted by various means, including a call to 1-866-7-LOCKUP, a text to CRIMES (274637) with the message starting with "MCS," or through the Metro Crime Stoppers online portal.

Those with potentially valuable information also have the option to contact the Homicide & Missing Persons Unit directly. The dedicated phone number is 410-887-3943, with the alternative to text at 443-862-9426, or to send an email to [email protected]. As the Baltimore County Police Department remarked in a poignant reminder, "It's been 64 years since Alva's death and detectives are still searching for answers." Every tip, memory, or mention could serve as a crucial puzzle piece in a case that has lingered too long in the shadows of uncertainty.