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NASA engineer dies in bloody struggle in NoVa motel room

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

NASA engineer William Anthony Kagdis was on a business trip when he was killed in a violent struggle inside a motel room in Northern Virginia.

The slaying happened 30 years ago, and law enforcement officials are still trying to determine who killed the 54-year-old man.

On Aug. 1, 1982, Fauquier County Sheriff's deputies responded to the Johnson Motel at 9533 James Madison Highway, and were directed to room No. 17.

When the arrived, they found the body on a bed, face down in a large pool of blood. The room showed signs of a struggle. It appeared that Kagdis had been bludgeoned with a motel lamp and stabbed several times with scissors.

An autopsy revealed Kagdis' death was due to numerous blunt force injuries to his head.

Kagdis, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration engineer assigned to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, had checked into motel the evening before.

Kagdis had been traveling from his home in Baltimore to Tennessee on business. He was known to be driving a white 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit station wagon with mirrors on the bumpers. The vehicle had a Maryland license plate number of EBX 304.

The Volkswagen is believed to have been taken by the killer or killers, and has never been recovered.

Anyone with information about this murder can contact the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office at 540-347-3300 or 540-347-6870.

Readers who would like to have a cold-case homicide ?-- murders that remain unsolved after three years -- featured on The Washington Examiner's Crime & Punishment page can email Scott McCabe at smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com or call 202-459-4950.

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