Anne Arundel County police yesterday identified the body found in a burned car behind a Crownsville church last month as that of a 23-year-old Severn man and said homicide detectives have developed "strong leads" in the investigation.
Police said Krey Jermaine Green, of the 8600 block of Pioneer Drive, was last seen alive by his girlfriend in Pikesville about 3 a.m. Oct. 27, when it is believed that he left to visit "associates" in the Crownsville area.
Three days later, Constellation Energy employees checking power lines behind the South Shore Baptist Church on secluded Herald Harbor Road called police after they saw a black 1992 Lexus in the woods that had sustained heavy fire damage. Officers discovered what appeared to be human remains inside and towed the car from the scene.
Cpl. Mark Shawkey, a police department spokesman, said detectives have information on a possible motive and have developed "strong leads" through interviews, but he declined to discuss details of the investigation.
In a brief phone conversation yesterday, Deandre Diggs, Green's brother, said Green enjoyed boxing, music and hanging out with friends and family. He said relatives had not received information from police about how Green might have been killed, and he speculated that Green may have been a robbery victim.
"We just don't know," Diggs said.
Green didn't have a criminal record - court records show he faced one count of theft in 2003, charges that were later dropped.
Green would be Anne Arundel County's 12th homicide victim this year. There were 18 homicide victims in 2006.
Dave Allen, chairman of deacons for the South Shore Baptist Church, said he told detectives that he heard gunshots from the area the morning before Green went missing and had called Department of Natural Resources police, who sent an officer to investigate.
Allen said Green's car appeared "totally burned out" as he watched investigators haul it away. He spent much of the day confirming that members of his congregation were OK.
Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the county Police Department at 410-222-3566 or 410-222-8610. A $2,000 reward was being offered through Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. Callers may remain anonymous.