Federal and state investigators seized
thousands of dollars worth of gold and
silver bullion, silverware, watches and
other jewelry from the home of an Arnold
man who disappeared six weeks ago in a
Chesapeake Bay boat explosion.
Agents seized the precious metals in a
raid on the home of Thomas L. Maynard
less than two weeks after he and two
others were thought to have drowned when
the boat they were on exploded and burned
in the mouth of the Patapsco River.
Maynard, 35, and Donald and Juanita
Oxenrider, both 29, of Severn, disappeared
without a trace Nov. 14, when the
Oxenriders' 28-foot cabin cruiser went
down off Bodkin Point.
Witnesses have said they saw the boat go
up "in a ball of flame," but no one reported
seeing anyone jump from the boat. Efforts
to find the bodies in the 15 feet of icy water
where the boat burned to the water lineand sank hav« been unsuccessful.
Investigators who raised the craft two
days after it sank have said they could find
no signs that anyone had been on the boat
when it exploded.
Investigations of the explosion by the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, state and
county police, state Marine Police, the
state fire marshall's office, the U.S.
Customs Service and the Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms division of the Treasury
Department have centered on Maynard,
who was free on a total of $26,500 bond for
two alleged crimes.
He had been charged with smuggling a
25-caliber pistol across the U.S.-Canadian
border in August and with breaking into
the home of a Pikesville couple early in
The FBI is investigating a possible
stolen property fencing operation based at
According to an affidavit filed in federal
court by Robert Lanpbear, special agent in
charge of the FBI's Armapolis office,
Maynard had told him of a $300,000 bullion
fencing operation when he was questioned
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State police say a badly decomposed
body found off of Bodkin Point
yesterday evening may be the corpse of
one of the two men who disappeared to a
Nov. 14, 1976 explosion of a small cabin
cruiser in the same area.
That explosion, which apparently took
the lives of Donald and Juanita Oxenrider,
both 29, of Severn and Thomas L.
Maynard, 35, of Arnold, has been the object
of an FBI investigation/Investigators
have tried to determine whether Maynard,
who is wanted on several state and federal
charges, staged his own death to escape
An FBI spokesman in Annapolis said
dental records of both men were being sent
to the Baltimore City morgue where an
autopsy was to be performed this afternoon.
He said the FBI is following the
state police investigation of the incident
bat that they, had no reason to believe that
the corpse was Maynard's.
An earlier investigation into the explosion-
revealed that the Oxenriders and
Maynard had been seen leaving the White
Rocks Marina in Pasadena about an hour
before the Oxenriders' cabin cruiser burst
into what one witness called a "ball of
flame" just off Bodkin Point. Although
Maynard's pick-up truck was found in the
driveway of the Oxenriders' home, investigators
could find no one who
remembered seeing Maynard get onto the
Just after the explosion, two marine
police patrol boats rushed to the stricken
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Thomas L. Maynard, the object of an
intensive Federal Bureau of Investigation
search since last November when a boat
he was reportedly on sank in the
Chesapeake Bay, recently slipped into
Canada, according to the Baltimore News
Quoting "usually reliable sources," the
newspaper said Maynard evaded U.S. and
Canadian authorities by crossing the
border in an isolated section of upstate
A Canadian officer chased the man
thought to be Maynard, but a computer
system designed to help police trace the
license number of his car and verify its
ownership malfunctioned, the News
Gtorge T. QttiM, special agent in charge
of the Baltimore FBI office, would neither
confirm nor deny the reports today He
added, however, that he has "always been
convinced Maynard is alive" and said the
"investigation will continue until we locate
The 28-foot cabin cruiser Maynard was
reportedly on with two others exploded
and sank in the mouth of the Patapsco
River Nov. 14,1976
The badly decomposed body of Donald
Oxenrider, 29, of Severn, owner of the
boat, was discovered Monday in the
Patapsco River Oxenrider's wife,
Juanita, also 29, and Maynard are still
missing.Marine Police said two men were
returning from an afternoon of pleasure
boating when they spotted what they
thought was "an old pair of boots" before
discovering the corpse -
State medical examiners said Oxenriderr
drowned. His body was found '
about a mile from the spot where his boat
went down, which Marine Police said
would not be unusual.
The boat was under way when it was"
first sighted in flames and drifted even
further before it sank Marine Police also
said a mile is not an unusual distance for a "
corpse to drift when it surfaces. «•
Investigators speculated two weeks ago
that none of the three had drowned. Sgt
Earl Dayton of the Marine Police said only
a freak accident could have kept the bodies
from surfacing if they were on the bottom
of the bay and that it is unlikely the same
Boat blast 'victim' reappears 10 years later
By JOANNA RAMEY
For 10 years, an Arnold man has
puzzled police about a boat explosion
on the Patapsco River, after which
he vanished and the body of a friend
bobbed to the surface.
The lingering mystery about the
accident was revived last month
when Thomas Maynard reappeared.
After a decade of hiding, the 44-
year-old mason surrendered to police
to face an old, unrelated robbery
charge in Baltimore County. He is
now confined at that county's detention
On Nov. 22, 1976, Maynard was a
passenger on a 28-foot cabin cruiser
that exploded in the chilly, 45-degree
Patapsco River. The boat's owners,
Donald and Juanita Oxenrider, were
also on board.
The Severn couple, both 29 and
recently married, had plans to attend
a turkey shoot that day. But
they also wanted to winterize their
boat and decided to take it out for its
last ride of the season.
According to Oxenrider's stepfather,
Lawrence Foley, the couple was
seen with Maynard boarding the
cruiser at the White Rocks Marina
The boat was last spotted speeding
out to the mouth of the Patapsco
before it suddenly burst into flames,
according to state police and Department
of Natural Resources Police
"He was on the boat, but got off,"
Anne Arundel County prosecutor
Gerald K. Anders says of Maynard.
"We're still trying to figure out what
Marine police were at the boat's
side in minutes and saw it burn. But
officers saw no sign of anyone on
board or in the water. The charred
hull was towed to the shore, where
its gas tanks were also found intact.
Oxenrider's body surfaced six
months later, up river from the
accident. It was so badly decom-
posed that a medical examiner could
not determine a cause of death.
Mrs. Oxenrider's body has never
been found. She has since been
legally declared dead.
Anders has resurrected a voluminous
police report on the accident to
decide whether charges will be filed
against Maynard for the explosion.
"It was everyone's assumption
that the accident was to be used as a
cover," Anders said. "But it's not
clear in my mind yet what started
But if the explosion was a smoke-screen
what was being covered up?
What role, if any, did Maynard or
the Oxenriders have in the explosion?
And is Mrs. Oxenrider alive, al-
though declared legally dead? Did
Oxenrider die in the explosion, or
was his body dumped later?
Speculation about the accident
One theory is that Maynard tried
to fake his death because he was
under investigation by the FBI for
allegedly smuggling stolen gold and
Maynard also had been charged
with the robbery of an elderly Pikesville
couple in their home. He will be
tried on that case July 30
Oxenrider's stepfather theorizes
that the couple and Maynard
climbed into a waiting boat. The
cabin cruiser was then accelerated
into the river and timed to explode,
But Foley, who said the couple and
Maynard were good friends, thinks
that the Oxenriders were either
pressured or forced into blowing up
Foley said that the Oxenriders had
a lot to lose if they staged an
accident. Mrs. Oxenrider was four
months pregnant and her husband
held a good job as a welder for
Westinghouse Electric Corp."I don't think they knew what was
going on," Foley said. "I think
(Maynard) figured that they would
be killed, he would change his identity
and everyone would forget about
What puzzles Foley is that Oxenrider's
body was discovered several
miles up river. He speculates tha
I was just informed that Juanita was ruled out as being Beth Doe by dentals.
The Evening Capitol
Tuesday, November 16, 1976
Salvage Effort Starts
DIVERS RESUME SEARCH
FOR 3 MISSING BODIES
Marine Police and the Coast Guardthem return, the investigator said, but
began salvage operations today to raise a
28-foot cabin cruiser that burned and sank
Sunday in the Chesapeake Bay, apparently
with three persons on board.
The boat went down in the mouth of the
Patapsco River off Bodkin Point shortly
after 10:30 a.m. Sunday, but divers who
searched the boat yesterday and Sunday
have been unable to find the bodies of three
persons they believe were on board.
Marine Police said today the 15-footdeep
water is cold and murky, and divers
may have been unable to see enough in the
dark. They are hoping to find the bodies in
the boat when they bring it into the Curtis
Bay Coast Guard Yard, an investigator
Marine Police say they are not certain
who was on board the boat, but have
tentatively identified the victims as
Donald Oxenrider, 29, of Stevenson Road,
Severn, his wife, Juanita, and Thomas C.
Maynard, 35, of Arnold. The Oxenriders
owned the boat, Marine Police said.
Although no one saw the Oxenriders or
Maynard get on the boat, investigators
found Maynard's car at the Oxenrider
home, and found Oxenrider's car at the
White Rocks Marina in Pasadena where
the couple kept the boat.
Friends and relatives of the three have
told investigators they were going fishing
Sunday when the accident occurred.
One investigator said persons at the
marina saw Maynard and the Oxenriders
drive away from the marina in
Oxenrider's car about an hour before the
boat exploded and burned. No one saw
their car was found at the marina.According to Marine Police, two patrol
"We have to assume they came back and
got on the boat, but no one saw them walk
down the pier and actually get on the
boat," he said.
The investigator also said police have
found a witness to the fire who had been
experimenting with a new camera on the
shore of the bay and took pictures. They
are not yet sure, however, if the pictures,
which haven't been developed, will show
boats spotted the cabin cruiser burning infrom the burning cabin cruiser.
the water off BodMn Creek at the mouth of
the Patapsco. Police said they believed the
boat exploded because all they saw was "a
ball of flame." ,
Although patrol boat crews extinguished
the fire within minutes, the boat sank
Marine Police said divers have been
unable to find any evidence that anyone
was on board the boat No one on the patrol
boat crews saw anyone jumping overboard
I am so happy to report that Juanita Oxenrider has been listed with doenetwork, this is great news:
Juanita M. Oxenrider
Missing since November 14, 1976 from Chesapeake Bay, Ann Arundel County, Maryland
- Age at Time of Disappearance: 29 years old
- Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance:
- Distinguishing Characteristics: White female
- Medical: Three months pregnant
Circumstances of Disappearance
Juanita Oxenrider, her husband Donald and Thomas Maynard rode to the White Rocks Marina in Pasadena shortly before 10 a.m. Police said no one saw the trio board the Oxenrider's 28-foot cabin cruiser. The boat had to be taken from storage for the fishing trip. The trio reportedly told friends they were going out for the afternoon. Several minutes later, the boat was seen motoring out near Bodkin Creek at the mouth of the Patapsco River. Oxenrider's car was found at the White Rocks Marina.
At about 10:30 a.m., several nearby boaters said they heard an explosion and spotted the wooden cabin cruiser in flames. Within five minutes, two Department of Natural Resources patrol boats arrived.
The fire spread quickly, however, and the boat sank in about 15 feet of water. No bodies were found.
Because of the 45-degree temperature of the water and the severity of the fire, investigators theorized that all aboard perished.
The victims apparently were carried away by the tides and remained on the bay floor. A check of the boat's charred hull did not indicate what ignited the fire. The fuel tanks were intact.
Donald Oxenrider's body washed ashore six months later.
Maynard, a precious metals dealer from Peninsula Farm Road, was spotted several times in Florida and Canada in the six years after the incident. Once, he was stopped by Canadian police on a traffic violation, but later released.
Investigators said his quick departure after the accident and apparent attempts to conceal his identity have cast doubt on whether the sinking was an accident and whether Mrs Oxenrider drowned. Thomas Maynard reappeared in 1986. After a decade of hiding, he surrendered to police to face an old, unrelated robbery charge in Baltimore County.
Juanita Oxenrider's body has never been found. She has since been legally declared dead.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Maryland State Police
Capital, The - February 2, 1983