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Case File 3029DFMD


Juanita M. Oxenrider
Missing since November 14, 1976 from Chesapeake Bay, Ann Arundel County, Maryland
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Juanita Oxenrider, her husband Donald and Thomas Maynard rode to the White Rocks Marina in Pasadena shortly before 10 a.m. Police said no one saw the trio board the Oxenrider's 28-foot cabin cruiser. The boat had to be taken from storage for the fishing trip. The trio reportedly told friends they were going out for the afternoon. Several minutes later, the boat was seen motoring out near Bodkin Creek at the mouth of the Patapsco River. Oxenrider's car was found at the White Rocks Marina.

At about 10:30 a.m., several nearby boaters said they heard an explosion and spotted the wooden cabin cruiser in flames. Within five minutes, two Department of Natural Resources patrol boats arrived.
The fire spread quickly, however, and the boat sank in about 15 feet of water. No bodies were found.
Because of the 45-degree temperature of the water and the severity of the fire, investigators theorized that all aboard perished.
The victims apparently were carried away by the tides and remained on the bay floor. A check of the boat's charred hull did not indicate what ignited the fire. The fuel tanks were intact.

Donald Oxenrider's body washed ashore six months later.

Maynard, a precious metals dealer from Peninsula Farm Road, was spotted several times in Florida and Canada in the six years after the incident. Once, he was stopped by Canadian police on a traffic violation, but later released.
Investigators said his quick departure after the accident and apparent attempts to conceal his identity have cast doubt on whether the sinking was an accident and whether Mrs Oxenrider drowned. Thomas Maynard reappeared in 1986. After a decade of hiding, he surrendered to police to face an old, unrelated robbery charge in Baltimore County.

Juanita Oxenrider's body has never been found. She has since been legally declared dead.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Maryland State Police

Source Information:
Capital, The - February 2, 1983

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