Builder Sales Rep Found Dead in Suburban Model Home

December 7, 2018

Police are investigating the murder of a builder sales rep who was found dead inside a model home he was trying to sell in Hanover, Md. Steven Bernard Wilson, 33, a sales and marketing representative for the homebuilder Ryan Homes, was found slain inside a model home Wednesday evening. He was pronounced dead at the scene by police.

“There was very clear upper body trauma,” Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a spokeswoman with the Anne Arundel County Police Department, told the Associated Press. “We can’t say yet if it was a gunshot wound, a knife wound, or something like that because the autopsy hasn’t been completed yet.”

Police say they have identified “multiple pieces of evidence” during their search of the model home and surrounding areas, which was conducted from the air and with help from dogs.

Wilson’s family described the father of two young children as a “loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend.”

Nearby residents and real estate professionals were on edge after reports of the death on Thursday. The Anne Arundel County Association of REALTORS® is notifying its members of the murder so they could be on alert. Wilson was not a licensed real estate agent, but a builder representative whose job was to sell the company’s model homes.

Tanisha Ashford, a real estate professional in Upper Marlboro, Md., told the Associated Press that she was taking extra precautions after hearing the news. She says she’s “always on guard” when showing properties. She uses smartphone safety apps and always tells her husband where she’s working if he’s unable to join her. “Most times he goes with me when it’s new clients, especially if it’s a male,” Ashford says.

Real Estate Seller Found Slain in Suburban Model Home,” The Associated Press (Dec. 6, 2018)