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Edgewood Middle girl, 14, found dead near her home [25 years ago]

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From The Aegis dated Oct. 6, 1988:

A 14-year-old Edgewood Middle School student was found naked and strangled 25 years ago this week less than 200 feet from her parents' home in Edgewater Village.

Police were investigating a possible suspect in the killing of Patricia Sue "Suzy" Toucheck.

"... we don't believe we have enough to make an arrest," Maj. Jesse Bane of the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

Police were investigating whether Ms. Toucheck had been sexually assaulted.

While the sheriff's office was investigating Ms. Toucheck's death, Maryland State Police troopers were focused 25 years ago this week on another murder investigation, that of 28-year-old Mary Frances Kelly, a Churchville mother of two who had been missing since April until a week earlier when her remains were found off Patterson Mill Road.

Troopers were focusing their probe on "a couple of people," but were tight lipped about any other aspects of the investigation.

A skull with an unattached lower jawbone and an upper torso were found by a painter who had gone into the woods.

Ms. Kelly was last seen leaving a bar with someone she knew. Her car was found at a convenience store at the intersection of Routes 543 and 22, her car keys and wallet in the car and blood on the driver's side door.

Two private residents of Harford County were considering building new, separate public golf courses within the coming two years.

Harford had three private golf clubs — Winters Run, Maryland Golf and Country Clubs and Swan Creek Country Club — all had waiting lists and were accepting few new members each year.

Frank S. Donahue, of Cool Spring, and John Street Davis, who lived near Rocks State Park, each had large pieces of land on which they planned to build their courses that would be available for the general public to play, possibly within a year.

Donahue's land was at Maxa and Gilbert roads just off I-95 in Aberdeen; Davis' course would be on both sides of Davis Road in northern Harford County. Plans for both were going through the planning and zoning stages 25 years ago.

The city of Havre de Grace approved 25 years ago this week the annexation of 59 acres where 140 to 170 single-family homes were planned. As many as 210 homes had been planned on the land south of the Bayview Estates development on Chapel Road, which was annexed a year earlier, until it was determined about 15 acres contained non-tidal wetlands.

The last large undeveloped parcel in downtown Bel Air was optioned for sale to W. Dale Hess, one of the county's biggest land developers, 25 years ago this week. The 5.5 acres belonged to the surviving children of the late State Sen. Howard S. O'Neill.

Hess said he was interested in the O'Neill property, which fronted on Williams Street directly behind The Aegis offices and had an option on it, but would not identify who was involved or if he was a member of the group.

"I really can't discuss it," Hess said. "I'm fairly certain the property will be sold. The people involved are talking very seriously with the owners about it."

The O'Neill family had lived in a house on the property that 25 years ago belonged to Harford County and was used by the Mann House, a halfway house for recovering alcoholics.

In high school football 25 years ago this week, Aberdeen beat Edgewood, 21-0; North Harford beat Bel Air, 12-8; West Chester East beat Havre de Grace, 21-0; John Carroll downed Fallston, 9-0; and C. Milton Wright shut out Joppatowne, 21-0.

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