Suspicious Death Later Found to be Homicide

Daughter Arrested for Mother’s Death

(Abingdon, MD) — On March 3, 2004 at 3:45am Harford County Sheriff’s deputies were called to 504 Ramblewood Ct., Apt. 307 in Abingdon, regarding what was initially referred to as suspicious circumstances. David James Getz, 33,of Baltimore and who stays at the home on occasion, called 911 to report his girlfriend’s mother had been reported missing on February 29th. However, he had found the clothing she was reported to have been wearing when she was last seen at the home. Believing this to be suspicious he called police. Deputies arrived a short time later and upon entering the home detected the odor of a decomposing body. Upon searching the home the deceased body of Frances Linda Moxley, 54, of the above address was found inside a bedroom closet.

The victim’s daughter, Susan Audrey Hooker, 28, also of the above address, was home when police arrived. While being interviewed about her mother’s disappearance Ms. Hooker gave conflicting and confusing information to deputies. She and Mr. Goetz were then taken to the Sheriff’s Office in Bel Air for further interview. Investigation later revealed Ms. Hooker had been involved in some type of dispute with her mother regarding Ms. Hooker’s boyfriend. Hooker then allegedly smothered Ms. Moxley causing her death.

Ms. Hooker is being charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder and will be held in the Harford County Detention Center pending a bail hearing. Mrs. Moxley’s body will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy. Mr. Getz is not believed to be involved and was released after being interviewed by detectives.

Press Release

March 03, 2004