Man Accused of Dumping Woman’s Body Dies While Awaiting Trial

FREDERICK, Md. – After 18 years of waiting for justice, the man accused of dumping a young woman’s body near a Frederick County rest stop died while awaiting trial. Gary Artman, 64, of White Springs, Florida, had been imprisoned in Michigan for another murder he committed in 1996. He was set to be extradited to Maryland for the 2006 stabbing death of 24-year-old Dusty Myriah Shuck.

Artman’s DNA was a match for evidence found in both the Michigan and Maryland cases. While a jury in Michigan had already convicted him of murder, he had yet to stand trial in Maryland for Shuck’s killing. However, Artman reportedly confessed to her murder in December 2023.

In addition to Shuck’s death, Artman allegedly admitted to being responsible for several other heinous crimes, although he provided little detail. His death has left the Maryland State Police looking to establish connections to other unsolved cases. They have called on the public to come forward with any information that may connect Artman to additional crimes, given his transient lifestyle as a truck driver who traveled throughout the country.

This development has left authorities with the difficult task of piecing together Artman’s movements and activities to potentially solve other unsolved cases. The Maryland State Police have urged anyone with information to call 410-996-7881, as they continue their efforts to bring closure to the families of victims linked to Artman.