Man found dead in Hanover model home

Po­lice say death of real es­tate sales rep is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as a homi­cide

The Capital - - FRONT PAGE - By Phil Davis [email protected] COUR­TESY PHOTO

Po­lice say an An­napo­lis man work­ing with a real es­tate com­pany was found dead Wed­nes­day of an ap­par­ent homi­cide after his body was dis­cov­ered in­side a Hanover model home.

Anne Arun­del po­lice said the body of Steven Bernard Wil­son, 33, was found in­side a model home in the 7500 block of New­manstown Drive.

Of­fi­cers ini­tially re­sponded to a 911 call com­ing from the lo­ca­tion at 5:06 p.m. when they dis­cov­ered Wil­son “suf­fer­ing from ap­par­ent trauma.”

Po­lice said medics ren­dered aid but later pro­nounced Wil­son dead at the scene. His body was sent to the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice in Bal­ti­more, where an au­topsy was to be per­formed Thurs­day, po­lice said.

Wil­son was work­ing with Ryan Homes, where po­lice say he was a sales and mar­ket­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Le­land Samp­son, Wil­son’s brother-in­law who’s act­ing as the fam­ily’s spokesman, said Wil­son worked with Ad­mi­ral Tire un­til 2017, an An­napo­lis-based auto cen­ter owned by his par­ents.

He added Wil­son — orig­i­nally from Edge­wa­ter — leaves be­hind a wife and two chil­dren. In a state­ment on be­half of the fam­ily, Samp­son wrote in an email that Wil­son “was a lov­ing hus­band, son, brother and friend.”

“The fam­ily is await­ing the re­sults of a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion of his death and has no com­ment at this time,” Samp­son wrote.

Michele Cordel, pres­i­dent of the Anne Arun­del County As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors, said the group will dis­cuss the de­tails of Wil­son’s death at their next meet­ing this morn­ing.

She said Real­tors’ safety has long been a topic of dis­cus­sion with the as­so­ci­a­tion, with mem­bers train­ing with po­lice about how to pro­tect them­selves and pre­vent be­com­ing iso­lated with a po­ten­tial buyer in­side a home.

But, she added, “Ev­ery builder has their own pro­ce­dures be­cause it’s their own prop­erty and their land rights.”

“We are very aware that we are set­ting our­selves up with open doors,” she said, adding that she’ll reg­u­larly lock the front door of an open house “so I can look out and make sure I’m in a sit­u­a­tion where I feel com­fort­able open­ing the door.”

“Any­time that you’re in a sit­u­a­tion where you’re in a home and you have a big sign out­side that says ‘open house,’ you’re let­ting peo­ple in the door and they have not been vet­ted,” she said.

Po­lice said de­tec­tives were able to “iden­tify mul­ti­ple pieces of ev­i­dence through­out the night,” but a can­vas of the sur­round­ing area did not lead to an ar­rest.

The de­part­ment also did not say whether they’ve iden­ti­fied a sus­pect in Wil­son’s death, but are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call 410-222-4731 or leave tips anony­mously at 410-222-4700.

Steven Bernard Wil­son, 33, of An­napo­lis, was found dead Wed­nes­day in­side a model home in Hanover.

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