U.S. Park Police who returned yesterday to a secluded road in northern Prince George's County four days before the first anniversary of the slayings of three D.C. women know little more than they did weeks after the bodies were discovered there by a passing motorist.
A motive has not surfaced, and Park Police are still trying to fill "large gaps" in a puzzle blurred since the Jan. 27 morning the bodies of Tamika Black, 19, Tanji Jackson, 21, and Mishonn Chinn, 23, were found along a 25-yard stretch of Route 197. Each woman had been shot.
"I can tell you that we are looking at several subjects," Park Police Capt. Gary L. Van Horn said near Gate 4 of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, a short walk from where the bodies were found. "I wouldn't be able to say we are close right now."
That lack of new clues is why Park Police brought a dozen reporters, photographers and TV cameramen to the lonely stretch of Laurel Bowie Road, where three crosses bearing the names of the women are planted side by side in the grass a few feet from where their bodies were found. Police and relatives of the women said they do not know who placed them there.
Capt. Van Horn said anyone with information should call Crime Solvers at 301/735-1111 or Park Police at 202/619-7310.
The slayings were within Park Police jurisdiction because that piece of Route 197 runs through federal parkland.
The Park Police, who handle only three to five slayings nationwide each year, were criticized early in the investigation for not seeking help from the area's more experienced law enforcement agencies.
But Capt. Van Horn said a year is not a long time in a murder investigation. He said the case is "active and high priority" and that several Park Police detectives are working with Prince …