John Michael Ingersoll Jr.

John Michael Ingersoll Jr.

EASTON — Maryland State Police homicide investigators arrested a Dorchester County man Friday, Sept. 13, in connection with a 2001 cold case involving the murder of a correctional officer.

According to Maryland state police, the accused is identified as John Michael Ingersoll Jr., 46, of East New Market. The Maryland State Apprehension Team arrested Ingersoll in Easton at 11:05 a.m. Friday.

Ingersoll is charged with first- and second-degree murder, and other related offenses.

Police said a Dorchester County Circuit Court grad jury indicted Ingersoll Friday morning, charging him for the 2001 murder after the Office of the State’s Attorney for Dorchester County presented the case. Ingersoll is being held in the Dorchester County Detention Center.

The deceased, Gregory Guy Collins, 31, of Vienna, was a three-year veteran of the Division of Correction and a member of the Maryland National Guard.

Police said Collins was shot and killed while traveling toward his home after working his shift at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County during the early morning hours on June 4, 2001. Shortly before 4 p.m. on June 4, 2001, Collins was reported missing when he failed to return home after his evening shift at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Princess Anne. He had reportedly finished his shift around midnight and was driving a gray Toyota pickup truck when the incident occurred.

Police said a responding Maryland state trooper noticed a wooded area along Indiantown Road, one mile east of state Route 331, where it appeared a vehicle had left the roadway. The trooper checked the area further and found Collins unresponsive inside his truck.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit worked in coordination with several law enforcement partners to bring this unsolved homicide investigation to a close. Assistance was provided by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the Eastern Correctional Institution in Princess Anne, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Dorchester County, Federal Bureau of Investigation Baltimore Division, Talbot County Task Force, Maryland State Police from the Easton Barrack, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Apprehension Team and the Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore.

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