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Baltimore County police make plea to find killer of Towson University college student shot in 1996

Baltimore County police are making another plea for help in finding the killer of Joann "Jody" LeCornu, a 23-year-old Towson University student who was shot in the back near her car in a shopping center on York Road in 1996.

Metro Crime Stoppers has upped an reward to more than $30,000 in the 15-year-old case. The student was killed about 3:40 a.m. March 2, 1996 in the back of the Drumcastle Shopping Center, and managed to drive across the street to what was then York Road Plaza, where she died.

Detectives have been searching for a white BMW that they said followed the victim into the shopping center, took items from Honda Civic and then drove away. LeCornu died on her parent's 34th wedding anniversary.

Police at the time said they had interviewed "countless" people but had no leads. LeCornu had gone to the shopping center after leaving the Mount Washington Tavern in Mount Washington, in North Baltimore. She dropped a friend off in Roland Park, but police could never figure out what brought her to the shopping center, which was near her home. She had grown up in Annapolis, where her parents lived at the time.

LeCornu was a senior at the university studying geriatrics, and had worked as a receptionist at Eastern Savings Bank in Hunt Valley.

Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587). To text a message to Metro Crime Stoppers, send to “CRIMES” (274637), then enter the message starting with “MCS,” or e-mail a tip to

Those contacting Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.

An earlier version of this post misstated the tavern where LeCornu was last seen. The Sun regrets the error.

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