Courtesy Baltimore County Police
Courtesy Baltimore County Police

Michael Amick was 46 when he reported his wife, Roxanne, missing to Baltimore County police. Her body was later discovered, but he was never charged in her killing and moved away soon after. But last week, thanks to new DNA evidence, police took Amick, now 56, into custody while he was visiting the area.

Roxanne Amick was reported missing on Sept. 14, 2006. Her husband told officers that she had left their home the day before to go shopping and never came back. He later told them they had been arguing before she disappeared.

On Sept. 15, 2006, Roxanne Amick’s body was found in a wooded area of Perry Hall, about three miles up Belair Road from their Parkville home. Amick was brought in for questioning. Investigators learned from a medical exam that he had rashes on his arms showing he might have touched poison ivy, which grew plentifully near where his wife’s body was found, according to police.

However, Amick was never charged. He moved to Hawaii and disappeared from the Baltimore area for 10 years.

But last month, Amick decided to come back to visit. Coincidentally, police had already tested a pair of gloves found back in 2006 inside Amick’s minivan and found his DNA to be a match. The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office told detectives to obtain a warrant for Amick’s arrest on one count of first-degree murder.

With Amick in town, police were able to track him down and take him into custody last Thursday. He is now being held on $250,000 bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. (Police originally said he was being held without bail, but announced the change just before 3 p.m.)

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...