Anne Arundel County police have identified the skeletal remains discovered along the shoreline in Shady Side in 2017 as an Annapolis woman.
The Office of the Chief Medical examiner determined in February that the remains found in the area of Holly Drive and Chesapeake Drive were from a homicide, as signs of trauma were evident.
The body had deteriorated considerably because of water damage, police said in February.
Megan Leah Tilman was 43 years old and had last been heard from Sept. 26, 2017, according to a police news release. Jennifer Parks, Tilman’s cousin, reported her missing to Annapolis police on Nov. 1, 2017.
Parks said at the time her cousin was developmentally disabled. Jim Tilman, her father, said his daughter had been misled by others in the past.
“Megan Tilman reportedly can be easily manipulated and has been described as having borderline intellectual functioning,” Annapolis police wrote in a 2018 release.
Officers discovered the remains in Shady Side on Oct. 18, 2017, police said. Police obtained DNA samples from Tilman’s family and the department’s Crime Laboratory Forensic Services Section compared samples to the remains and confirmed the human remains as Tilman’s.
Police were employing DNA phenotyping, which can predict physical appearance from DNA, to identify the remains but did not complete the process because of new information and family DNA comparison.
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Tilman had become estranged from her family in the months preceding her disappearance, Annapolis police said in 2018, a year after her disappearance.
Tilman had been living in a townhouse on Rockwell Court in Annapolis with her mother Gloria Owens, then 62, her boyfriend William Rice Jr., then 43, and Crystal Stallings, then 41, police said at the time.
Owens had moved out prior to Tilman’s disappearance, police said in 2018, and an eviction process was completed Nov. 1, 2017 — Rice and Stallings moved out of state.
Tilman left behind a daughter who was 7 years old in 2018, police said. Though she didn’t live with her daughter, Tilman maintained close contact with her, police said.
Jim Tilman said in 2018 Megan also had an older daughter who was expecting a child. Rice told police at the time Megan left with a new boyfriend.
Police said they found Tilman’s 1998 Jeep Cherokee abandoned in a shopping center in Prince George’s County about two weeks after she was reported missing.
Police ask anybody with information to call the homicide unit at 410-222-4731 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, call the tip line at 410-222-4700.