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Police arrest suspect in 2020 murder of man found buried in Columbia

Howard County police have charged a Randallstown man in the murder of Nahun Delgado-Sanchez, 34, whose body was found buried in a wooded area in Columbia in October 2020.

Marino Sanchez-Galdamez, 23, is charged with first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, and assault. He was arrested March 27 in Hyattsville and is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center. He is not related to the victim.

Police received information Oct. 20 that there may be a body in a wooded area adjacent to the 6100 block of Old Dobbin Lane. Officers searched and found Delgado-Sanchez’s remains in a shallow grave. Investigators believe Delgado-Sanchez was last seen alive approximately one month prior, but he had not been reported missing. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide by multiple sharp force injuries.

After announcing the discovery of the remains, police received several tips from the public that led them to develop Sanchez-Galdamez as a suspect. Through investigation, detectives believe he killed Delgado-Sanchez in mid-September and buried his body. Police believe that the two men were acquaintances and the victim was targeted in this incident, but are still investigating the motive.

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