December 8, 2023
Annapolis, US 50 F

Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties investigating murder

Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks

Mark Hatmaker, of the 3100 block of Freeway 21227 was last seen on November 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. when he left home to meet someone. Relatives reported him missing to Baltimore County Police two days later when they could not get in touch with him. Baltimore County investigators subsequently learned that on November 24, 2015, Hatmaker met with 50-year-old Richard Wayne Brooks at the Empire Towers in the 7300 block of Richie Highway 21061. Brooks had a motor-home that had been located close to the location of their meeting but was moved around November 26.

Investigators also learned that Brooks got someone to rent a U-Haul truck for him around the time of Brook’s meeting with Hatmaker. They located the truck and when they examined it, they found that there had been human blood in the truck that someone had cleaned up. Blood samples from the truck were matched to Hatmaker.

Investigators were able to locate Brooks’ motor-home and found a large amount of suspected human blood and pieces of suspected human tissue inside. Testing later revealed that the blood belonged to Hatmaker. Detectives from the Anne Arundel County Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Richard Wayne Brooks charging him with second-degree murder. He is being held without bail on those charges. Mark Hatmaker’s body was never found.

Mark Hatmaker is described as 50-year-old white male, approximately 5’11” and 245 pounds, bald, and wears glasses.

The homicide remains under joint investigation by the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Baltimore County Police Department. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-887-3943.

Source: AACoPD

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