A previously interviewed witness comes forward with a new account

Carroll County Sheriff's Office Detective Richard Harbaugh was the lead detective in the investigation of Amy Metz's death.
Carroll County Sheriff's Office Detective Richard Harbaugh was the lead detective in the investigation of Amy Metz's death. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / CARROLL COUNTY TIMES FILE)

Steven Jarkiewicz came to the Hampstead location of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 8, 2016, saying that he wanted to expand on his initial statement regarding what he knew about the death of Amy Metz.

A few hours after Metz’s body was discovered on Jan. 24, 2016, Jarkiewicz told then-Cpl. Brandon Holland that he was going up his stairs around midnight when he heard talking outside. He looked out the window and saw Michael and Amy Metz walking up the street from the direction of the Marantos’ residence, and Jarkiewicz said he saw Amy Metz fall over twice. He said he saw Michael Metz grab Amy Metz under the arm and the two walked together with their arms locked and it appeared they were walking fine enough without assistance, Jarkiewicz told Holland.


On Feb. 8, Jarkiewicz told Detective Richard Harbaugh, the lead investigator on the case, that he saw Michael and Amy Metz walking home from the party around midnight, that Amy Metz was struggling to walk and had fallen down one or two times and that he heard loud voices, which, Jarkiewicz told Harbaugh, he thought was shouting.

At one point, Jarkiewicz recounted, Amy Metz was seated upright in the snow, when Michael Metz struck her in the head with his hand, causing Amy Metz’s hat to fall off. Amy Metz then picked up her hat, put it back on, and Michael Metz helped her stand. She fell into him and they both fell to the snow-covered ground.

When he looked out the window again, Jarkiewicz told Harbaugh, the Metzes appeared to be walking toward their house and were fine.

This timeline shows some of the events and witness accounts of the morning of Jan. 24, 2016, when Amy Metz of Hampstead died in a snowstorm. (<a href="" target="_blank">View the full image</a>.)
This timeline shows some of the events and witness accounts of the morning of Jan. 24, 2016, when Amy Metz of Hampstead died in a snowstorm. (View the full image.) (aerial / Google Earth Pro / Carroll County Times)

Jarkiewicz said he called his girlfriend, Cheryl Modesto, and told her what he had seen. It’s unclear what time he called her. Jarkiewicz told Harbaugh that he knew it was the Metzes because he heard Michael Metz’s voice.

Jarkiewicz said Michael Metz struck Amy Metz’s head, not face. He told Harbaugh he did not tell the police initially because he had known the Metzes for a long time and thought they were a great couple and family.

Harbaugh spoke to Modesto on Feb. 11. Modesto and Amy Metz were friends, and she said that while Michael Metz traveled often for work, the Metzes seemed to have a happy marriage.

Modesto told Harbaugh that Jarkiewicz called her and said he saw the Metzes walking outside of his house. Jarkiewicz told her that when Amy Metz fell in the snow, Michael Metz raised his voice at her. Jarkiewicz also told her that Michael Metz hit Amy Metz in the head, Modesto told Harbaugh.

Jarkiewicz spoke with Harbaugh again on March 4, and said that he had not spoken to Michael Metz since the incident. Harbaugh asked him to describe what he saw on Jan. 24. Jarkiewicz wrote out a statement for Harbaugh.

“Approximately 12 AM, Saturday night, I was heading up to bed when I looked out the front door and noticed 2 people walking in the street in front of my house. Couldn’t tell what was said, but was able to make out Mike Metz’s voice,” Jarkiewicz wrote March 4.

In his statement, Jarkiewicz wrote that Amy Metz appeared to be struggling to walk and fell several times. While Michael Metz raised his voice, Jarkiewicz could not make out what he said.

Jarkiewicz told Harbaugh 8 to 10 inches of snow were on the ground. Amy Metz had fallen in the snow and was sitting there, looking toward her residence. Michael Metz hit her with an open hand, and Jarkiewicz described the slap as “hard enough, but it wasn’t a ‘hit’ hit,” according to Harbaugh’s narrative, before saying, “Did I take it as a domestic hit or punch? No. It’s not something I would have done.”

Jarkiewicz described Amy Metz as sitting with her torso up and either on her rear or knees, but “definitely sitting in some fashion,” according to Harbaugh’s narrative. Jarkiewicz said he wasn’t sure which hand Michael Metz used to hit Amy Metz, though he said it might have been the left. Amy Metz’s hat fell to the side or forward but definitely not backward.

In his written statement, Jarkiewicz said it appeared Michael Metz was trying to get Amy Metz to sit up. Amy Metz stood up and leaned into Michael Metz, causing them to both fall over, Jarkiewicz said. The two then got back up and started walking toward their home. While both Metzes seemed to be walking on their own, they were either walking hand in hand or with arms linked, he told Harbaugh, according to the detective’s narrative.

Jarkiewicz told Harbaugh that he did not hear Amy Metz’s voice, just Michael Metz’s, and he could hear it through his closed door.


The Times reached out to Jarkiewicz for comment, but he did not respond. Michael Metz submitted a statement to the Times but declined to answer any questions.

Harbaugh also previously spoke to another neighbor regarding what he had heard. David Tolomei told Harbaugh that he was home around midnight Jan. 24, 2016, and heard shouting that he described as “loud chatter,” according to the narrative. Tolomei said that when he looked out the window for the source of the yelling, he did not see anyone.