Update on the unsolved case: Arrest in 23-year-old murder case

On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, Montgomery County Police announced that an arrest had been made in connection with the 2001 murder of Leslie Preer.

According to a press release, the Montgomery County Police Department's Cold Case Unit has closed a 23-year-old unsolved murder case with the arrest of a suspect in the 2001 murder of Leslie Preer.

On Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at approximately 11:47 a.m., Montgomery County Police were called to the 4800 block of Drummond Ave. in Chevy Chase. Leslie Preer was found murdered in her home after she failed to show up for work. Upon arrival, officers located Preer and identified a crime scene inside the home. Her death was ruled a homicide.

DNA evidence was recovered from the crime scene in 2001, and in September 2022, blood traces from the crime scene were sent to a laboratory for forensic genetic and genealogical DNA analysis. During the course of the investigation, investigators identified Eugene Teodor Gligor as a possible suspect.

On June 9, 2024, Montgomery County Police detectives collected DNA evidence from Gligor and compared it to DNA recovered from the crime scene. The analysis resulted in a positive match.

An arrest warrant for Gligor was requested and obtained on Saturday, June 15. Gligor, now 44, was arrested by the U.S. Marshal's Task Force in Washington, DC, on June 18. Gligor was charged with first-degree murder.

The arrest warrant will be sent to Washington, DC, and will serve as pretrial detention pending the outcome of the extradition proceedings against Gligor.”