West York Police release more info on 2013 homicide

Christopher Dornblaser
  • West York Police are looking for the public's help with information related to a 2013 homicide case.
  • A video posted to their Facebook detailed new information.
  • Anyone with information is asked to call York County Crime Stoppers at (717) 755-8477.

The West York Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in an unsolved homicide case from 2013.

On Nov. 20, 2013,  William Terrell, 37, of the 100 block of South Highland Avenue, died of multiple gunshot wounds, police have said. Terrell was shot in the parking lot of Suzanne's Wash House, a coin-operated laundry at the intersection of West King Street and South Highland Avenue, about 5:30 p.m., according to police. He was taken to York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 10 p.m. The night of the homicide, the department, along with neighboring police departments, tried to find the alleged shooter, but were unsuccessful.

In the three years since the homicide, West York Police have not found a suspect. On Thursday, the department posted some new information related to the incident with the hope of finding the suspect.

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A video posted on the department's Facebook page gives a description of the suspect, and said they are also looking for information on a bag of marijuana and a number that might be related to the homicide.

The suspect is described as a black male, 26 to 30 years old, between 6-feet and 6-feet-2, weighing between 220 and 240 pounds.

Police are searching for a person who sold or transported marijuana in a bag labeled "Smelly Proof." Acting West York Police Chief Matthew Millsaps said the bag was found at the scene.

“Marijuana's not normally packaged for distribution with any identification or logo,” he said. Millsaps said heroin is often found with a logo or stamp.

Police are also searching for any information regarding a phone number, (646) 894-8742. The acting chief said the number is affiliated with the victim.

Anyone with information on the suspect, marijuana bag, or phone number, may call York County Crime Stoppers at (717) 755-8477 or by texting "YORKTIPS" to 274637. All calls will be anonymous. A reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

Millsaps said the department released the information because they want to bring awareness to the homicide, and said they hope people will reach out with more information.

“As time goes on, people are more willing to come forward with the information,” he said. Millsaps said that those who might have not come forward three years ago, might change their mind.

He said the department is still committed to solving the case.

"At the end of the day, we're still working for the victim," he said.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.