Jody LeCornu was a 23 year old college student when she was murdered near Baltimore in 1996. A family was left behind in pain to wonder who & why someone would take the life of the feisty girl they loved.
A light was extinguished in the world in a parking lot on a cold, snowy night when Jody was savagely gunned down. It has been more than 20 years. It is time to find out why this young woman was taken too soon. You may be the key to solving this mystery.
On the Thursday evening of February 29th, 1996; Jody LeCornu had a fight with her live-in boyfriend, Steve Dubin. That Friday morning before she went to work at a Eastern Savings Bank in Hunt Valley, he told her not to come home; oh how he would later regret those words. Besides working, the young woman was a senior at Towson State University studying geriatrics. Dubin was a fundraiser at Boys Latin School in Baltimore and attended a dance at the school to kick off the weekend. Jody finished her shift at work and went to her usual local hang-out, Mt. Washington Tavern owned by Ted Bauer. By all accounts, neighbors, coworkers, her boyfriend and family members would all say what would follow completely conflicts with the woman they knew. Jody was an anxious woman- she would ask coworkers to watch her walk to her car, she would direct her sisters to walk quickly to their vehicles when outside at night and had this inherent fear of being shot or involved in violence. Late night rendezvous was not her normal pattern of behavior.
After the bar closed that Friday night, the manager asked her to drive an employee home at about 2 am. After dropping him off, she went to the ATM. She picked up a six pack of beer and went to the Caldor parking lot in Baltimore City. She made a few phone calls. She attempted to call back to the bar to speak to the manager; the bartender told her he was busy. A man pulled up to her white Honda Civic in a white BMW model whereupon she rolled her window down. He was stocky in stature, wearing a camouflage jacket. After a brief exchange, he returned to his vehicle- he fired a handgun through her back from outside the car. Jody then drove from the parking lot to across the road to the Giant food store parking lot. Her car circled and stopped at a curb. The man watched from his vehicle until it rolled to a stop between the Boston Chicken and Firestone Tire and Service Center on York Road in Baltimore. He then approached Jody’s car, leaned over her, he put it in park and grabbed something from next to her on the seat. Returning to his car, the killer drove off, heading south on York Road.
“Goodbyes hurt the most, when the story was not finished…”
Joann E. “Jody” LeCornu was a 23 year old Towson State University student. She had three sisters and was the daughter of a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. Raised predominantly in the Annapolis region, she was a spitfire with a heart of gold. Maybe too trusting at times- which led this young woman to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
The shooting took place in Baltimore City, however, her death occurred across the street which placed it in the jurisdiction of Baltimore County. The leads dried up pretty early in the case despite having fingerprints, video surveillance and eye witness accounts. As early as the 4th of March, the Baltimore County investigators briefed the press they believed it was a random robbery gone wrong- her purse was missing from the car. However, there could be more to the murder- we just don’t know. That’s where we need you. After 20 years; people maybe more likely to come forward to give information on what they know. No matter how random or small the tip is- contact us.