The signs in front of the Crown gas stations in Millersville and Glen Burnie do not boast of cheap fuels, sodas or other bargains to entice customers. Instead, they ask for help in solving two seemingly unsolvable cases.
Lisa Haenel, a 14-year-old ninth-grader, was found stabbed to death on a wooded path in Old Mill on Jan. 16. Two months later, Paul Seipp, who lived in the 600 block of 209th Street in Pasadena, was the victim of a hit-and-run accident on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.
County police have made no arrests in the two unrelated cases, and the leads have all but dried up. Police figure that someone, somewhere must know something about the cases.
"It's difficult in the '90s to keep people concerned," said Lt. Mike McNelly, commander of the county police Crimes Against Persons Section. The signs were his idea.
Crown Petroleum Co. rented the signs and put them at stations near the crime scenes.
The sign pleading for information in Lisa's case is at VeteranHighway and Old Mill Road. The sign in the Seipp case is on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard near Route 10.
"We are really appreciative of the Crown company," Lieutenant McNelly said. "It shows they care."
Seipp, a 33-year-old dance instructor, was killed during the early morning hours of March 26. He was walking along the 7600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard after 1:35 a.m. when a car struck him, police said.
Police said he had been arrested on charges of reckless driving and attempting to elude police the night before and had been released.
Mr. Seipp had crashed his black Datsun 280Z into a fire hydrant on Edwin Raynor Boulevard near Littleton Way at 6:40 p.m., according to police. When officers arrived, he was walking away from the accident and refused to stop.
Police arrested him after a short struggle and took him to a District Court commissioner, who released him on his own recognizance. He walked out of the Glen Burnie office about 1:35 a.m.
A pedestrian found Mr. Seipp's body about 5:10 a.m., lying in the front yard of a home in the 7600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. His shoes were missing and never have been found.
Lisa Haenel's body was found at 9 a.m. on Jan. 16 in a ravine off a path near Shetlands Lane and Century Towne Road. The path is a popular shortcut through woods for students who walk from Rainbow View Apartments to Old Mill Senior High School and two Old Mill middle schools.
Investigators said Lisa, who lived in the 300 block of Highland Drive in Glen Burnie, was last seen by her mother, Margaret Haenel, about 6 a.m. Jan. 15. She reported the girl missing to police at 7 p.m..
Police estimated Lisa died between 6:45 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. Jan. 15. Her clothing was found near her body, leading police to believe she was killed in the ravine.
Anyone with information about either case should call police at 987-8669.