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A Waldorf woman died Thursday night from multiple stab wounds after a dispute with a neighbor, and law enforcement officials are calling it a homicide.
At 11:02 p.m. May 16, Charles County sheriff’s officers went to the 11800 block of Oak Manor Drive in Waldorf after someone called to report a dispute between neighbors.
Police found Jessica Nicole Stith, 25, inside her home with wounds to her upper body.
She was transported to Civista Medical Center in La Plata and pronounced dead.
Her body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said Monday that the medical examiner reported the cause of death as multiple stab wounds and the manner of death as homicide.
No one had been charged with a crime in relation to the incident as of Tuesday afternoon.
Richardson said detectives are interviewing witnesses to determine details of the altercation.
Police said that when officers arrived, they were told that a man and woman had been involved in a fight in the parking lot of their townhouse development.
Officers found a 32-year-old man with a cut on his forehead in the parking lot.
Richardson said it appeared he had been struck in the head with a bottle.
He was transported to a local hospital. Richardson said police aren’t releasing the man’s name pending the results of the investigation.
Richardson said the sheriff’s office is waiting on some evidence to be analyzed, which she said “could take time.”
Outside the front door of Stith’s residence Tuesday afternoon were balloons, flowers, stuffed animals and a card.
Neighbor Stephanie Wilson said Stith was her best friend.
Wilson said she was not home at the time of the altercation and found out later about her friend’s death.
She said Stith was a kind person with three children.
“She was trying to do something better with herself,” Wilson said.
A candlelight vigil in the neighborhood was held for Stith on Tuesday evening.
Richardson said police have interviewed many people in the area and have received a lot of information.
“Everyone over there has been helpful and positive,” Richardson said.
Anyone with information is asked to call detective John Elliott at 301-609-6515. Those wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS, text CHARLES and a tip to CRIMES, or go to www.ccso.us to submit a Web tip.