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A man accused of killing a 19-year-old and then leaving his body in a car on abandoned property is now facing charges.

19-year-old Thurmont resident Joshua David Eckenrode is now accused of killing his classmate, Curtis Mason Smith. His body was found on March 21 inside of a vehicle on the 8100 block of Runnymeade Drive.

Police now suspect that Eckenrode had been planning a mass casualty event. They found nine firearms, two improvised explosives, explosive making materials, and a “plan of action” after searching his two homes one at the 700 block of Mountaindale Road and other on Bethel Road in Frederick.

According to charging documents, Eckenrode allegedly killed Smith at his Bethel Road residence and then drove his body to Runnymeade Drive where it was found.

Smith was reported missing on March 19. His body was discovered inside the vehicle by people chasing a loose dog. Police say that he had a gunshot wound to the head.

Eckenrode’s preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 14. He is currently facing the following charges:

  • First Degree Murder
  • Using a firearm in a violent crime
  • Other Firearms related charges

He is currently being held without bond.

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