Anne Arundel police looking for clues in Laurel cold case

LAUREL, Md. - It is back to basics for detectives in Anne Arundel County as they walk the streets surrounding Ians Alley in Laurel.

It was there in January 2012 that Gregory Sears became a target for thieves.

“You're not supposed to bury your children. But it happens. It happens. It's sad.” said Rob Sears, Greg’s father.

For Rob and his wife Marilyn, the pain is constant and it is fresh.

“I know everybody wants to think their son or daughter is the best. But he was. He was the most loving...He'd do anything for you,” Marilyn, Greg’s mother, said.  

It is not just the agony of their own loss that they're feeling, but also for their grandson.

Greg Sears' wife Sarah gave birth to their first child just 11 days after he was killed.

“Greg left this world not knowing the sex of his baby. I just wish that he could have met him. … and for a little boy to grow up without a dad, not knowing him, and knowing how he would be with his son, that's the painful thing,” Marilyn said.

“You need your dad. You need two parents to make things right. But she does a wonderful job with him. She really does,” Rob said.

Police say Greg’s pregnant wife was inside their home when the shots were fired.

Anne Arundel County Det. Shelley Rattell, who is leading the investigation, said two men approached Greg in his garage in an apparent robbery, then took off.

Rattell says Greg took off after them and that’s when he was shot.

“He was actually able to open the door to his garage and yell for his wife who was upstairs sleeping. She was able to call 911, get police to respond. When they responded he was actually still alive so that's where we got any of the information that we got,” Rattell said.

That information hasn't led to much.  

“It's a tough case,” Rattell said.

Even so, there have been developments.

Police originally weren't sure where Greg was coming from that night.

“I think it's important that people know that he was in the Baltimore area coming home so maybe they saw something. Maybe they saw people following him or something like that and they might not have paid attention to that prior to,” Rattell said.

Rattell is still searching for that clue to connect to evidence gathered at the scene and possibly to other robberies in the area.

“It is difficult and really at that point we just pull all the tricks out of the bag and see what we can do. We do numerous canvasses which means we went through the neighborhood, knocked on doors, spoke to people. Any information they had, we followed on every tip,” Rattell said.

The Sears case is detective Rattell's only open homicide right now.

She typically doesn't handle cold cases, which are classified as such after about a year without any active leads.

Rattell says it will likely take someone coming forward with information to solve this two year old case.

“I think cases like this that generally what happens is they’ve either heard information or have had information and have just been too scared to come forward and that’s why stories like this are great because people who try to put this stuff to the back of their mind and don’t think about it, now they have to think about it again and maybe that will make them come forward and do the right thing,” Rattell said.

“I just hope that they catch him

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