Joann "Jody" LeCornu was killed in 1996 and her case has never been solved. Her sister Jennifer Carrieri has placed several billboards around Baltimore in hopes of renewing interest in the cold case.
Bright crimson billboards, emblazoned with the face of Jody LeCornu and the plea “Find my killer,” are hard to miss for drivers traveling along several highways in the greater Baltimore region.
Here’s the story behind the striking advertisements:
Who was Jody LeCornu?
In 1996, Annapolis native Joann "Jody" LeCornu was a 23-year-old student at Towson State University, where she was finishing out her senior year studying geriatrics. She also worked as a receptionist at Eastern Savings Bank in Hunt Valley.
On the evening of March 2, 1996, LeCornu was found shot in the back near her car in a shopping center on York Road in Baltimore County.
On the night of her death, LeCornu was spending times with friends at the Mount Washington Tavern, where she was a regular, police say. When the bar closed, they say, she went toa liquor store on Falls Road to buy a six pack of beer.
Investigators say LeCornu was sitting in her white Honda Civic in the parking lot of what is now the Drumcastle Government Center in the 6300 block York Road when someone approached her car and shot her once in the back.
Police don't know why she went to the parking lot.
LeCornu was able to drive across the street to the Giant Food parking lot, where she was laterfound just before 4 a.m.
Witnesses told police that a man of stocky build and wearing a drab or green-colored army-style coat followed LeCornu’s car into the lot of the plaza and then removed an unknown item from inside her car.
While more than 20 years have passed since LeCornu’s death, her family has never given up hope of solving her murder. For years, LeCornu’s father collected documents on the case, including newspaper articles, photos and notes from his meetings with detectives, until his death in 2007.
Every few years, LeCornu’s twin sister, Jennifer LeCornu Carrieri, tries to come up with creative ways to share her sister’s story. In 2016, Carrieri sat down with The Baltimore Sun to discuss the case in hopes of learning new information.
It has been 22 years since Jody LeCornu, 23, was murdered in a Towson parking lot. Her twin sister is still seeking justice and has paid to erect a billboard near the site of the killing. With its bold headline, "FIND MY KILLER," the billboard offers a $32,000 reward from Metro Crime Stoppers.