(SALISBURY, MD) – The investigation into the murder of a Wicomico County man nearly two weeks ago has actively continued, but police have not yet made any arrests and they continue to seek help from the public to identify those responsible for this crime.

The victim, James L. H. Skinner, 20, of the 1000-block of Bryn Mawr Avenue, Salisbury, Md., was found lying in the doorway of his residence shortly after 3:30 a.m., on May 17th, when police responded to an emergency call at the home. An autopsy determined the cause of death was a gunshot and the manner of death was homicide.

Skinner had been living at the address for the past two months, with a friend of his family and her three teenaged children. The investigation indicates Skinner and the homeowner were the only ones in the residence when multiple persons entered the home. One or more of the suspects was armed. The victim was apparently shot after some type of confrontation. The homeowner was not injured and called police after finding the victim. A motive has not been determined.

State Police Homicide Unit investigators, assisted by investigators from the Salisbury Police Department, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, and State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, continue to follow up on leads, examine forensic evidence, and conduct interviews. Investigators have interviewed and re-interviewed dozens of people so far in the investigation.

Investigators believe there are individuals who are close to or associate with the suspects who are aware of their involvement in this crime. Anyone with information about this murder is urged to contact Crime Solvers of the Lower Easter Shore immediately at 410-548-1776. Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Callers may remain confidential.

The investigation is continuing.


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