DC police make arrest in 1993 murder of Southeast woman

Nearly three decades after a 39-year-old woman was strangled to death in Southeast, D.C. police have arrested and charged a man with her murder.

Debra McManus, of Southeast, was found dead on Oct. 23, 1993, in a wooded area near 4th Street and Trenton Street, police said.

On Thursday, police arrested and charged 58-year-old William Ransford, of Southeast, with second degree murder in her death.



According to an autopsy, McManus died after being choked and her death was ruled a homicide.

Police didn’t offer any information about a possible motive or what lead them to charge Ransford in the murder decades after the crime.

Here’s a map of the area where the crime happened.

Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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