The Death Of Demetris Hall: Drowning or Murder?

The Death Of Demetris Hall: Drowning or Murder?

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In May of 2008, Demetris Hall’s body was found floating in Lake Lariat in Chesapeake Ranch Estates. The medical examiner determined that the cause of death was drowning; however the medical examiner’s report stated there was no water in his lungs. 

On May 2nd, there was an alleged call about a loud party on Durango Drive from an unknown source but when officers arrived, they reported that there was no sign of a party. The police allege that they did hear what sounded like someone “fleeing in the woods”. In response to the sound, the police entered the woods surrounding the home at Durango Drive and began searching for the person they thought they heard fleeing. After an undetermined amount of time, the police were unable to locate the source of the sound-- so they “cleared the call” and they departed the scene. The following day, May 3rd, a missing persons report was filed for Demetris Hall by his mother, Martha Tate. On May 4th, members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team and members of Solomons Volunteer Fire Department conducted a search of the area around Durango Drive including a nearby lake, Lake Lariat. After the Special Operations Team and Volunteer Fire Department combed the area, they concluded that they were not able to find Hall and they ended the search party. 

The very next day, on May 5th, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was dispatched to Lake Lariat in response to a call regarding a body floating in the water.  

When the family arrived to identify the body, CCSO denied them access. One family member reports being thrown to the grown to avoid approaching the body. The funeral home only agreed to open the casket after several family members demanded to see Hall’s body. When the funeral home opened the casket, Hall’s family was devastated by what they witnessed. The family recounts Hall’s body being wrapped in bandages, they remember him as resembling an unidentifiable “mummy”. Until this very day, the family remains unsure if it was truly Hall’s body in the casket. 

In addition to the plethora of other discrepancies, the suspicions of foul play only grow stronger as we look at the official medical report from Hall’s autopsy. David R. Fowler, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner responsible for Hall’s autopsy ruled Hall's death an “accidental drowning”, yet the official medical report stated that during the autopsy there was no water found in Hall’s lungs. Furthermore, Dr. Fowler’s post mortem report also states "tattoos and needle tracks were not observed"; however, Hall’s Family and officers reported that Hall had  tattoos, specifically a tattoo on his upper arm that read his nickname, "Fink". In fact, CCSO used Hall’s tattoo to identify the body. 

Over the years, witnesses from Chesapeake Ranch Estates have come forward with accounts of the evening of May 2, 2008. Each account from different residents elude to some form of foul play from the CCSO. When recently asked for comment on Hall’s death, CCSO declined to respond. 

Please sign and share this petition to show your support in demanding that the Calvert County State’s Attorney and the Maryland Attorney General seek justice for Demetris Hall by reopening his case and  getting the answers that his family has deserved for 12 years.

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