Stepfather charged with murdering missing Maryland teen

Ernie Chase, 35, has been charged with murder, in addition to several child abuse charges, in the death of his stepdaughter.

The Hagerstown Police Department says officers responded to the home to investigate after they were flagged down by a citizen to make a welfare check on 17-year-old Melissa Collins. 

After obtaining a search warrant, officers located her body concealed within the home. 

Police had posted a missing person alert for Collins on Wednesday evening.

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