Windsor woman's homicide case moved to York County

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Michael Morant, 48, will be charged in York County with the homicide of Rebekah Strausbaugh, according to online court records.
  • Officials say Morant killed Strausbaugh, his girlfriend, in June 2016.

The June 2016 homicide case of a Windsor Township woman in Baltimore County has been moved to York County, according to officials.

Michael Anthony Morant, 48, charged last year in Maryland in the death of Rebekah J. Strausbaugh, is now facing charges in York County in her death, according to chief deputy prosecutor Dave Sunday.

Sunday said the decision was made jointly between the York County District Attorney's Office and the Maryland State Attorney's Office. He declined to go into specifics, citing the ongoing investigation.

Morant's Maryland charges will be dropped in favor of the York County charges. Morant is being held in Maryland, Sunday confirmed.

Once brought to York County, Morant, of 275 Cambridge Drive in Windsor Township, will be charged with homicide, according to online court records.

York Area Regional Police filed charges against him Wednesday.

Rebekah Strausbaugh

The background: Strausbaugh's body was found along Interstate 83 in Baltimore County on June 27, according to police.

One of Strausbaugh's family members reported her missing from her Cambridge Drive home the weekend before, at which point investigators obtained a search warrant for the home where she lived with her boyfriend, Morant, York Area Regional Police Chief Tim Damon said at the time.

Michael Morant

Baltimore County Police found the body of the 30-year-old Strausbaugh in Sparks, Maryland, about 10:30 p.m. June 27, according to Damon.

An autopsy by the Maryland Medical Examiner's Office determined Strausbaugh died of strangulation, and her death was ruled a homicide, Cpl. John Wachter, spokesman for Baltimore County Police, said at the time.

Wachter said in a news release that Strausbaugh went to Baltimore for the weekend but didn't return.

Homicide victim Rebekah Strausbaugh and boyfriend Michael Morant, accused of strangling her.
(Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Picked up by boyfriend: Morant drove down to look for her and found her at the Shake Shack restaurant on Pratt Street, Wachter said. They got into Morant's car to head home, he said.

During the ride, the couple began to argue, at which point Morant pulled off I-83 near Ensor Mill and Belfast roads in Sparks, and both got out of the car and continued to argue, the corporal said.

The argument turned physical, "resulting in injuries to Strausbaugh that left her unresponsive," Wachter wrote in a news release. "When Strausbaugh did not respond to Morant, he drug her body into the woods and covered her with a blanket."

Strausbaugh's body was found in the woods in the 15500 block of Ensor Mill Road and was taken to the Maryland Medical Examiner's Office, police said.

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