Exotic dancer found slain in Essex-area apartment

December 04, 1990|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore County police believe a 19-year-old exotic dancer, whose body was found last night in her Essex-area apartment, may have been strangled. An an autopsy, scheduled today, was expected to reveal the exact cause of death.

The woman, whose name was being withheld pending notification of her parents, who reside out of state, lived in a third-floor apartment in the 1400 block of Coldstream Road in the Hartland Run Apartments, where she was discovered about 6 p.m. by her roommate, also an exotic dancer.

Police said both women worked at Memories, a bar in the 4000 block of North Point Blvd.

The roommate, other dancers at Memories and the management of the bar were routinely questioned by homicide detectives to learn with whom the victim kept company or if she was afraid of anyone.

Investigators said the victim was last seen alive about 10 p.m. Sunday, but they declined to say where or under what circumstances.

Dressed in night clothes, the victim was found lying on her bedroom floor.

Marks on her neck, police said, suggested that she may have been strangled. It was not known how long she had been dead.

Police said the sparsely furnished apartment, which had only a mattress in the bedroom, was not ransacked and that nothing appeared to be missing.

Police also found no signs of forced entry, leading them to believe the victim may have known her killer.

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