Christopher Mader
Christopher Abraham Mader, a 23-year-old Waldorf resident, was murdered November 25, 2004 — Thanksgiving Day — about 3 a.m. while driving from his job as a bartender at the former Bennigan’s Grill and Tavern in Waldorf. Chris was westbound on Smallwood Drive just outside his neighborhood, Hampshire, when he was shot and killed. His vehicle subsequently left the roadway and crashed into a sign and a powerbox. Despite detectives’ aggressive investigative efforts and the case’s national exposure — America’s Most Wanted aired segments about the investigation in September 2005 and June 2007 — this murder remains unsolved.

A substantial reward of $60,000 is being offered for information that helps detectives solve this crime. The reward includes donations from family and local organizations: Chris’s family is offering $30,000; Ironworkers Local 5, a union serving Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas is offering $25,000; Willett Construction of White Plains, is offering $4,000; and Charles County Crime Solvers is offering up to $1,000.

Detectives have pursued several leads and while none has produced a suspect, the detectives continue to seek information about a 911 call connected to the crime. Prince George’s County Police received the call shortly after the murder occurred but after a brief conversation, the call was disconnected. The call-taker was unable to obtain the caller’s information and the number is listed to a payphone.

The CCSO released part of the recording:

The CCSO previously released a sketch of a person who detectives believed might have had information about the murder but they were unable to identify the person in the sketch and later determined it did not appear to be related to the investigation.

Anyone with information that could help us solve this case is asked to contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, by texting CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES (274637) or by submitting a web tip. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous and are eligible for the $50,000 reward.