Anne Arundel County Police charge man in 2012, 2016 killings

Christopher Scheibe, Courtesy of Anne Arundel County Police

MILLERSVILLE, Md. (WBFF) – Anne Arundel County Police have now charged 29-year-old Christopher Scheibe with the deaths of women whose bodies were found in 2012 and 2016.

Police spokesperson Cpl. Jacklyn Davis said at a press conference on Monday afternoon that police had connected Scheibe, identified as a vagrant known to travel through Eastern and South Maryland using aliases, to the 2016 and 2012 deaths of Holly Smith, 24, and Jessica Lee, 18, respectively.

Police discovered Smith's remains earlier this year on Industrial Drive in Annapolis, Davis said on Monday. After she had been identified, her cause of death was determined to be homicide by sharp force trauma.

Investigators charged Scheibe, 28, in connection with her death in June. Police said he confessed to her murder.

On Monday, police announced Scheibe had also admitted his involvement in Lee's death. In her case, police discovered human remains in August 2012 in a wooded area on Ritchie Highway, Davis said. They were later identified as those of Lee, of Brooklyn Park, and her death, like that of Smith, was ruled a homicide by sharp force trauma.

Davis said the detective investigating Lee's case had followed it for four years and that it "never went cold."

One of the detectives involved in investigating Smith's death had also worked on Lee's case four years earlier, Davis said. After speaking with Scheibe, the suspect told police he was also responsible for Lee's death, Davis said.

Police have now released Schiebe's photo and are asking the public to let them know if he may have been responsible for other violent crimes through the region.

“We are asking people to take a good look at his face,” Davis said. “If somebody says ‘Hey, he looks familiar, but his name was john Doe, not Chris Scheibe,’ I want you to ignore the name.”

“We want to make sure that we’re not missing anything," Davis added.

At the press conference, Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare spoke proudly of his detectives' work in both cases.

"If the unfortunate tragedy happens in Anne Arundel county and a life is stolen from us, these are the folks day in day out, year after year, who go out and get it done," Altomare said.

Anyone with additional information about other crimes Scheibe may have committed can call the Anne Arundel County Police tip line at 410-222-4700.

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