LAUREL, Maryland (WJZ) – Howard County Police have charged a Laurel Man in an unsolved 40-year-old kidnapping case.
Howard Jackson Bradberry, 62, of Montgomery Street was arrested at his home on May 25 after DNA allegedly linked him to the rape and murder of Laney Lee McGadney in 1982. Bradberry was charged with first and second murder degree, first and second degree rape and kidnapping.
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“We hope that after almost 40 years, Laney McGadney’s family can have some kind of peace with this arrest,” said Police Chief Lisa Myers. “Nothing will ever erase the pain of losing a loved one in such a violent and tragic way. Our Cold Case investigators are committed to bringing justice to victims and families, no matter how much time has passed. “
Police said McGadney left her Columbia apartment on March 29, 1982 to walk to a grocery store in the center of Owen Brown village. As she walked along Oakland Mills Road, witnesses said they saw someone abduct her. Her body was discovered later that day in a vacant lot near what is now known as the Water Lily Way.
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The 28-year-old mother of four was raped and then stabbed to death.
At the time, police gathered evidence at the scene and carried out an investigation, but never identified a fatalities. In early 2021, investigators received the results of a DNA test carried out on items thrown at the scene and linked Bradberry to the crime.
“I applaud the diligent persistence of our police investigators who, after 40 years, have never given up on trying to resolve this matter,” said Calvin Ball, Howard County Director. “I hope this arrest will bring some closure to the victim’s family and to everyone who knew her. “
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After obtaining additional information, police charged Bradberry with the murder. He is currently being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $ 25,000 bond.