When a young Maryland woman disappears after finishing a shift at her after-school job, investigators quickly conclude she was abducted. Their worst fears are realized when her body is discovered the next morning, and the search for her murderer begins in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Julie Ferguson was 17 years old when she was abducted and murdered after finishing a shift at her after-school retail job in Greenbelt, MD.
Witnesses saw Julie speaking to three people occupying a red or burgundy Volkswagen sedan similar to the one pictured shortly before her abduction.
Early in the morning following Julie’s nighttime abduction, her body was discovered in the vicinity of Daisy Lane Memorial Park (pictured via Google Maps satellite image). A witness reportedly saw a red Volkswagen sedan parked in the area the night before.
Pictured: a newspaper featuring a story on a new picnic shelter and play area added to Daisy Lane Memorial Park. It was named after Julie, whose body was found on the outskirts of the park.
Julie was a high school senior at the time of her death, and had dreams of becoming a journalist. She was known as a friendly, social and responsible young woman.
At one point in the investigation into Julie’s case, a local man named Doug DeSilva was considered a possible suspect because he had allegedly attempted to murder another woman. However, DNA evidence revealed that he was innocent of that crime, and that a man named Mark Eskridge–who he greatly resembled–was the perpetrator. DeSilva has no known history of violence.
Sources used to research this episode:
Greenbelt Police Seek New Clues in 5-Year-Old Murder (Karl Hille / Greenbelt Gazette via Justice for Julie)
Apparent Abduction, Slaying End Teenager’s Promise (Jon Jeter / Washington Post via Justice for Julie)
Unsolved Death has New Leads (Craig Whitlock / Washington Post)
Clues Sought on 20th Anniv. of MD Teen’s Death (CBS Baltimore)
Greenbelt Teen Was Likely Killed by a Stranger (Jon Jeter / Washington Post via Justice for Julie)
Cold Case: Maryland Teen Murdered; Person of Interest Missing (True Crime Daily)
A Look at the Attack on Kaye Robinson; Doug de Silva Almost Convicted on Faulty Eyewitness Identification (CNN Transcripts)
Pain, Shock Grip Loved Ones of Boy Slain in Greenbelt (Graciela Sevilla / Washington Post)
If you know anything about the abduction and murder of Julie Ferguson, please call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477)—you can remain truly anonymous. Or, you can text Crime Solvers at 274637— just make sure to include “PGPD” in the body of your text. If you’d prefer to contact the Prince George’s Police Department directly, you can call them at 301-516-9777.