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Neighbor called 'person of interest' in missing woman case

This photo provided by the Washington County Sheriff's Office shows Laurie Hendershot of Hancock, Md. Hendershot has been missing since July, and a neighbor has been charged with stealing from her bank account. (Washington County Sheriff's Office via AP)
September 30, 2016 - 1:37 PM

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Prosecutors say a Maryland man with a 1971 kidnapping conviction is a "person of interest" in a woman's disappearance.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Daniel Dumproff made the comment Friday at a bond review hearing in Hagerstown for 67-year Jerry Petry of Hancock. Petry's bail was set at $500,000.

Petry was charged Thursday with stealing about $4,000 from the bank account of his missing neighbour, 54-year-old Laurie Hendershot. He's also charged with illegally possessing ammunition and obstructing an investigation.

Assistant Public Defender Alex Hutt says Petry has co-operated in the investigation.

Investigators say Hendershot was last seen July 7, in Petry's company. Petry told investigators he last saw her June 14.


This story has been corrected to show that Petry is charged with illegally possessing ammunition, not firearms

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