Murder charge after missing woman’s body found
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:01

Clyde Calvin Campbell (right) was charged with first degree murder last week in the death of his girlfriend, Dorothy Iris Grubb (left).

 by Nicole Rodman

    A Dundalk man was charged with first-degree murder last Wednesday after police found his girlfriend’s body in a wooded area off Peninsula Expressway.
    Baltimore County police allege that 53-year-old Clyde Calvin Campbell, of the 1700 block of Manor Road, killed Dororthy Iris Grubb, of the same address.
    Grubb’s body was located on Peninsula Expressway, a mile east of Merritt Boulevard, shortly before 11 p.m. on July 29.
    Police first reported that, due to the body’s poor condition, identification could take several days. However, just hours later, police identified the body as Grubb.
    Grubb was first reported missing by her daughter on July 26.
    Grubb’s daughter told police that she had not seen her mother since 9 p.m. on July 24. She expressed concern for her mother’s safety due to a history of domestic violence with Campbell. Campbell was also missing at the time of the report.
    Police subsequently located Campbell, with his 14-year-old son, on Merritt Boulevard on the morning of July 28. He was arrested on an unrelated weapons warrant after police found illegal firearms and ammunition in his home.
    A convicted felon, Campbell is legally barred from possessing firearms or ammunition.        
    Campbell’s convictions include drug possession in 1988 and repeated telephone harrassment in 2007.
    In 2002, Campbell was charged with second-degree assault against then-wife Laura Campbell. He was later found not guilty.
    Questions regarding Laura Campbell’s well-being were raised in the wake of Grubb’s disappearance. Police later located Laura Campbell in another state.
    Grubb’s family members claim that Campbell had a history of violence against Grubb.
    “Last summer, he had broken her thumb, and she had mentioned many incidents where they would argue all the time and that he had gotten violent and a lot more dangerous, especially Thursday night, the last time I saw her here, Grubb’s daughter, Kristi Grubb, told WBAL-TV.
    “She told me she was thinking about breaking it off with him and that he became dangerous.”
    Police report that Campbell and Grubb could be heard arguing on the second floor of their Manor Road home on July 24.
    Witnesses told police that they heard a loud sound after which the arguing stopped.
    According to police, witnesses reported that “Campbell dragged Grubb’s body down the steps and into the back yard, where he put her in a tarp and placed the tarp in the bed of his Ford pickup.”
    According to police spokeswoman Elise Armacost, a neighbor did call police after overhearing the argument between Campbell and Grubb.
    “We did respond on Thursday to a 911 call from a neighbor who heard arguing and called in a “possible child abuse” because of concerns about a child in the house,” Armacost told The Eagle.
    “We spoke to Campbell and the child in the backyard, and found no signs of abuse or any other problem.”
    After Grubb’s daughter reported her missing two days later, witnesses came forward with more information.
    “After we opened the missing persons case Saturday evening, witnesses told us that they heard loud noises at the Grubb/Campbell home on Thursday night,” Armacost said.
    It was not until several days after the missing persons case was opened that witnesses claimed to have seen Campbell remove Grubb’s body from the home, Armacost noted.
    Acting on information from witnesses, police conducted a search of the Peninsula Expressway area one-quarter mile northwest of Reservoir Road.
    Police found the tarp holding Grubb’s body at 10:50 p.m. on July 29.
    The Office of the State Medical Examined ruled the death a homicide caused by multiple force injuries.
    Both police and the Medical Examiner report that no shots were fired.
    Campbell is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.