It was 16 years ago Monday morning that a gunman took the life of 20-year-old Stacey Rogers.

The Prince George's County man's killing remains unsolved, one of at least nine cold cases still under investigation by the Frederick Police Department.

"We still hold onto that small-town community aspect," said Lt. Shawn Martyak. "When someone is murdered in my community, it shocks the community and we want to investigate it to the end."

Police think Rogers' killer waited for him.

Around 2:45 a.m. on July 19, 1994, police responded to the sound of gunshots at Dulaney and Dill avenues. Rogers was found in the driver's seat of a white Chevrolet Chevette that had drifted into a parked truck. He was dead, slumped over the steering wheel, and had been shot several times.

Police believe the killing may have been drug-related. Rogers had been arrested in Frederick in 1991 and 1993 on drug distribution charges. The night he was killed, Rogers had been at the John Hanson/Roger Brooke Taney apartments, the old crime-ridden complex that has since been demolished. Rogers got a call and went to meet someone at Baker Park.

After the shooting, witnesses reported seeing a muscular black male running down an adjacent street. He was described as 5 feet 8, with close-cropped hair. He had bright white sneakers and was wearing a black nylon jogging suit.

A small red compact vehicle was also seen leaving the area at the time.

Police narrowed their search to three suspects, but could never connect them to the crime scene.

"Just because of [Rogers'] lifestyle doesn't mean he deserved to be murdered," Martyak said. "And we want to find some closure for his family and the community." The Frederick Police Department continues efforts to solve recent and cold case homicides. Periodically, new detectives are assigned to existing cases with the belief that new eyes might uncover new evidence. Also, the continuing evolution of forensic technology may produce new leads that may result in new evidence.

If you have information that might aid in any of these investigations, please contact the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2100.