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Police search for fugitive wanted in connection with murder

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CAMBRIDGE — Maryland State Police and deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a wanted fugitive as the investigation continues into the murder of a Baltimore County man who was found dead in Dorchester County.

The wanted fugitive is identified as James Andre Reddick Jr., 29, of Baltimore. Police believe he also goes by Shane or Dré. Reddick is wanted for first-degree murder among other criminal charges. Reddick is also wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Reddick is an African American man. He is 6’1”, 165 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair. He is known to frequent York, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore.Reddick is considered armed and dangerous.

The victim is identified as Deontae Vilada Belcher, 25, of Rosedale. Belcher was found deceased in a wooded area in Dorchester County on May 1. The medical examiner’s autopsy determined his death was homicide by gunshot wounds.

Shortly before noon Friday, May 1, deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office responded to 911 calls reporting a man’s body lying along a power line trail alongside Horns Point Road in Cambridge. The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was requested to respond and take the lead in the investigation.

Upon their arrival, investigators found the decomposed body, later identified as Belcher, a missing person. Evidence found at the scene indicated Belcher had sustained at least one gunshot wound.

Police learned Belcher was last seen April 11 getting into a four-door sedan with two other people. His mother had reported him missing to the Baltimore County Police Department on April 18.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is the lead in this investigation. Additional assistance is being provided by Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore investigators, the Maryland State Apprehension Team, deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, the Baltimore County Police Department and the Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s Office. Maryland State Police crime scene technicians processed evidence found at the scene.

Anyone with information about this murder or regarding the whereabouts of James Reddick is urged to contact MSP Cpl. Scott Sears at 443-783-7230.

The investigation is continuing.

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