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DC Police Announce Closure in 1997 Homicide Case

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
An arrest has been made in the homicide of Sharon Moskowitz.

The Metropolitan Police Department announced today the arrest of a suspect in the murder of Sharon Moskowitz, who was strangled to death in her home in the 1900 block of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>Biltmore Street, NW, on January 21, 1997. On Tuesday, November 24, 2009, detectives assigned to the Department’s Homicide Branch charged Frederick Edward Morton, 57, with First Degree Felony Murder in the homicide of Ms. Moskowitz. Mr. Morton was transported to the District on Monday, November 23 from the federal correctional center at Allenwood, PA in order pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

On January 21, 1997, at approximately 3:00 pm, members of the Third District responded to the 1900 block of Biltmore Street, NW, for a report of an unconscious person. Upon their arrival, they located 25-year-old Sharon Moskowitz, whom appeared to be unconscious and not breathing. Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department responded to the scene but were unable to find signs consistent with life.

Ms. Moskowitz’ remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia where her death was ruled a homicide by asphyxia due to ligature strangulation.