A 50-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the disappearance of another Baltimore man last November. Anne Arundel police officials say that Richard Wayne Brooks is being held without bond in the apparent death of Mark Hatmaker, of Baltimore County. Hatmaker’s family members say the last time they saw him was November 24. According to officers, Hatmaker met with Brooks the same day he disappeared, and was known to have a large amount of cash on him at the time.
During the course of an investigation, police learned that Brooks asked a friend to rent a U-Haul truck for him on the day Hatmaker disappeared and that Brooks had purchased 45 gallon heavy duty bags, a 9×12 tarp and polypropylene tape. Police obtained a search warrant for the U-Haul and found evidence that there had been a large amount of human blood in the storage area. They then obtained a search warrant of a motor home belonging to Brooks, where they found more evidence of human blood and tissue, and matched it to Hatmaker.
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