It’s been nearly a year since Jennifer Parks reported her cousin Megan Tilman missing.
Annapolis police said the nature of Tilman’s disappearance — that she left without taking belongings and hasn’t checked in on her 7-year-old daughter — have led them to think she may have been harmed.
They, and Tilman’s family, are hoping a year later people will look back and remember something — no detail is too small — to help solve the case.
Police said the last time Tilman spoke to someone was Oct. 7, 2017. She hasn’t updated social media or contacted anyone since. Parks reported her missing Nov. 1, realizing no one from the family had contacted her in a few weeks. Tilman had been estranged from the family in the months leading up to her disappearance.
Tilman had been living in a townhome on Rockwell Court with her mother Gloria Owens, 62, her boyfriend William Rice, Jr., 43, and Crystal Stallings, 41, police said. Her mother moved out prior to Tilman’s disappearance, police said. On Nov. 1, an eviction process for the home was completed, police said.
Police said Rice told them Tilman left with a new boyfriend. Rice and Stallings have moved out of state.
Detective Aaron Stein said they are looking for information to build a timeline looking specifically at when Tilman, Rice and Stallings went their separate ways. All three have connections in the Annapolis area, he said.
The smallest details could be helpful to their investigation, Stein said.
Parks said Megan Tilman is developmentally disabled, which made it difficult for her to function independently as an adult. Jim Tilman said his daughter has been misled by others in the past, but she always calls the family for help and comes home.
“I think there was harm done to Megan,” he said. “I really do, for her to shut down like that.”
Tilman wasn’t living with her 7-year-old, but contacted her daily, Parks said. That’s cut off.
Tilman was in a custody dispute with the child’s father and missed a court proceeding, Parks said, another red flag.
And Parks said Tilman left behind baby pictures, baby blankets and kids pictures — cherished items she doesn’t think would be left behind intentionally.
Jim Tilman said Megan also has an older daughter who is now expecting a child.
Police are hoping to speak with people who came into contact with Megan Tilman, William Rice, Jr. or Christina Stallings in the weeks leading up to her disappearance last fall. Stallings also goes by Crystal Stallings, Christina Harnish and Christina McGrath.
They’re also looking to talk with people who may have seen her vehicle, a champagne-colored 1998 Jeep Cherokee with Maryland tags 5DA7534. The vehicle was found abandoned at a shopping center in Prince George’s County on Nov. 13.
The vehicle was decorated with stickers that include “Put An Island In Your Life Put-in-Bay, Ohio,” a picture of a motorcycle with “Look Twice Save A Life,” pink wings with “Harley Davidson Motor Cycles” and paw prints.
Stein can be reached at 410-919-7960, and anonymous tips can be submitted through Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP or the Annapolis Police Department’s tip line at 410-280-CLUE. If your tip leads to an arrest or indictment you could qualify for a $2,000 cash reward through Metro Crime Stoppers.
Tilman said Annapolis detectives have done an amazing job so far chasing down leads. The department will continue to investigate the disappearance and pursue every lead, police said.
“The Annapolis Police Department is not going to forget,” Sgt. Michael McDonald said.