Even though Anne Arundel police officials are pleased to have closed 11 of their 13 homicide cases in 2014, it's still not enough, an agency spokesman said.
"That's above the national average, but that still doesn't give any solace for the two families that we're still seeking closures for," said Lt. T.J. Smith. "We're glad that we have these cases closed but we remain committed to closing all of our open cases."
The national average for homicide clearances is about 65 percent, Smith said.
Investigators are continuing to ask for the public's help in solving the two open cases.
Ana Racine, 21, was gunned down in a driveway in the 200 block of Meadow Road, in Pasadena's Riviera Beach community, at 11:50 p.m. Jan. 25. She was determined to be dead at the scene.
Neighbors reported two people in a fleeing minivan.
Police are also continuing to search for Javante Parker's killer. Parker, 21, of Glen Burnie, was shot and killed on Huff Court in Pasadena's Freetown community on Nov. 14.
Police are asking anyone with information about Racine and Parker's cases to call 410-222-4700.
Not all of the closings resulted in arrests.
Abelardo Alvarado Aguilar, 37, of Hyattsville, was shot and killed inside a Laurel apartment Nov. 8. Juan Lux Quinilla, 36, of Langley Park, is wanted in Aguilar's killing.
Investigators believe that Quinilla fled the state, Smith said.
The number of homicides in the county last year was three more than the year before.
Investigators have closed all of 2013's homicide investigations, including that of Nicole Burgess, found stabbed to death in her Davidsonville home in March of that year.
In September, police arrested Terrence Robert Proctor, 37, of Hyattsville, and charged him in Burgess' death. Proctor is scheduled to go to trial April 24, according to online court records.
Annapolis police had one homicide in 2014. The investigation into who killed Mark Alexander Cooper, 21, of Prince George's County, remains open, said Cpl. Amy Miguez, an agency spokeswoman.
Cooper was found shot to death near the city's Harbour House and Eastport Terrace public housing communities on Aug. 10.
Anyone with information about Cooper's death is encouraged to call Detective Charles Bealefeld at 410-268-9000, Ext. 7299, or email email@example.com.
City police investigated four homicides the previous year.
In May, investigators said they closed the last unsolved homicide from 2013 with the arrest of Tahzay Brown, 24, of Glen Burnie, and Todd Brown, 25, of Annapolis, in the April 21, 2013, shooting death of John Donnel Ray, 32, of Calvert County.
Ray's body had been found inside a car parked in the Fairwinds of Annapolis condominium complex on Victor Parkway.
A jury trial for the Browns is scheduled for Sept. 29, according to online court records.