The reward being offered for information leading to the hit-and-run driver who killed a U.S. Marine near Thurmont has more than tripled to $6,500, according to a state police news release.

State police are searching for the driver of a heavy-duty pickup with a dual-wheel axle, which fatally struck Marine Corps Cpl. William Ferrell on Sept. 29.

Police believe the pickup was also towing a car hauler trailer and was most likely a “goose neck"-type trailer. Investigators say damage to the vehicle may be confined to the trailer and if there’s damage to the pickup, it is probably minor, according to the release.

Ferrell, 21, of Carthage, North Carolina, was fatally struck shortly before 11 p.m. after he pulled over to help a motorist whose vehicle was disabled on northbound U.S. 15 north of Auburn Road in Thurmont.

Ferrell was assigned to the Naval Support Facility in Thurmont and worked at Camp David.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP, or 866-756-2587. Phone calls are not recorded, and callers may remain anonymous.

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I had lunch with a young Marine the past year from the Midwest he had lost both legs and part of an arm and he was going home after years of rehabilitation and I could see the military had done a great job getting the warrior back to normal condition as possible with state of the art prosthesis. I asked the young warrior did he help with his food tray he smartly replied I got this I then replied well leave some chow for the other customers the Jarhead chuckled. We ate shared some stories and said our goodbyes I often think about the young and how is he coping in the civilian world. Other than a child I can't imagine a more undeserving person to be murdered than a young patriot in CONUS.


It`s not just the person responsible stepping forward. Someone else has to be aware of what this individual did. It could be their mate, family member or a close friend hiding this secret. The person I`m speaking of is more than likely reading the updates when posted. The person responsible has lost their soul and you need to help this person before it gets any worst. Believe me this is not going to be one of those unsolved crimes. The hunt will always be on and waiting for the law to catch this person with evidence will only result in the most severe punishment. This person could still have a life but it will only happen if this ends soon.


This is pathetic, I hope the SOB who killed this young warrior is captured soon.


I absolutely agree with you on this. The lowlife that hit him knows they did so and I hope that burns in their soul for eternity.

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