On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at approximately 1144 hours, officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Northern District responded to 338 Gatewater Court,  Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County, Maryland in response to a report of an attended death. 


Upon arrival, officers found a deceased female subject, later identified as Dianna Lee Fitzwater.  The officers spoke with a witness who is the reporting person.  The witness advised that at approximately 1130 hours that date, she and Brandon Zachary Duncan, awoke and went out to the living room and found the victim unresponsive.  The reporting person attempted to wake the victim, but the victim did not respond. At that time 911 was called.


Based upon the investigation, Dianna Fitzwater, 62, was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for the State of Maryland so that a Post Mortem Examination could be performed.


On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for the State of Maryland ruled the cause of Dianna Lee Fitzwater’s death as asphyxiation and the manner of death as homicide. 


On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, investigators conducted an interview with Brandon Zachary Duncan.  At that time he admitted to strangling the victim.


Based upon the aforementioned investigation a warrant was obtained for Brandon Zachary Duncan charging him with First Degree Murder.  Investigation has also revealed that Brandon Zachary Duncan is the great nephew of the victim.  Brandon Duncan is currently under guard at a local area hospital for unrelated issues.


This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Davis of the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit.  She can be reached at (410) 222-3413.


The suspect information is as follows:


Brandon Zachary Duncan, 22 years old, White Male

                        Approximately 5’11 and 135 Pounds

                        338 Gatewater Court

                        Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061


*No booking photo available*


Attempted Abduction Report

 On January 30, 2013 at approximately 4:00 p.m., officers from the Southern District responded to a reported attempted abduction of an 11-year old female near Edgemont Street and Hillside Drive in Edgewater.


It was reported that two males in an older model station wagon attempted to grab the victim and force her into the vehicle. The victim was not hurt and was able to flee to report the incident. It was also reported that a small child was also seen inside the vehicle. Numerous patrol offices were placed in the area while detectives began their investigation.


After hearing of the accounts of the incident posted by citizens on various social media sites, a male walked into the Southern District and spoke to detectives. Detectives identified the vehicle and interviewed the two males from vehicle. They also found the small child passenger safe and unharmed.


In cases such as this, the safety of the victim and public is paramount and detectives wish to verify the facts as they were reported in an expeditious manner. In this case, the immediate reporting by the victim and coordinated police response brought this investigation to a quick close. The detectives determined that the suspects did not intend to commit abduction or assault the victim.


            The public is strongly encouraged to report suspicious circumstances such as this so that they may be immediately investigated. In this case there should be no additional concern for trepidation.





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