Cold case: Teen's murder remains a Bowie mystery

Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

Nearly 39 years ago, hunters stumbled upon the body of a young woman near the Bowie Race Track, just north of the Prince George's County line, in Anne Arundel County.

The female was identified as 17-year-old Donna Lee Dustin, a beautiful and popular 1973 graduate of Bowie High School.

Her death remains unsolved, and her killer -- or killers -- remains free.

On Nov. 16, 1973, Donna came home from work as a secretary at the Ironworkers International Union in the District to prepare for her second date with a young man.

The pair, along with another couple, ate at Muhlmeister's Ice Cream Parlor and then went to a nearby party. About 1:30 a.m., she returned to Bowie to drop off her date at his house and attended another party with about 100 people.

Witnesses said Donna was last seen drinking with two men she'd recently met. At 10:30 a.m., two hunters discovered her naked body in an abandoned quarry at the Anne Arundel line behind the race track.

She died from repeated blunt trauma to the head, and there was evidence of sexual assault. Authorities said they found two sets of footprints at the scene.

Several witnesses have come forward to report seeing Donna in the Bowie and Anne Arundel area between 1 a.m., when she dropped off her date, and the time her body was discovered, at 10:30 a.m. the next morning.

This investigation has continued intermittently over the past 30 years since her body was discovered. Anyone with information about this case, can call the Anne Arundel County Police Homicide Unit, Cold Case Squad, at 410-222-3456

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