Shop Owner Found Dead

December 04, 1990|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff

The co-owner of a Timonium print shop, who fellow merchants and police said was seven months pregnant, was found dead in her store of a head wound today. Investigators have described her death as suspicious.

The body of Lewellen Masenior, 35, who operated the Print Shack in the Yorkshire Shopping Center with her husband, Michael, was found about 9 a.m. by county firefighters who shattered a front window to enter the shop.

According to Baltimore County police spokesman E. Jay Miller, the woman usually went to work about 6 a.m. but normally didn't open the business until three hours later. She was seen by several shopping center merchants as late as 8 a.m.

Police were attempting to locate her husband, who was reportedly out of town on business, and a stepdaughter, who lives in Harford County, Miller said.

The victim's body, Miller said, was found by firefighters near some small printing presses in a back room of the shop, in the 2000 block of York Road. Employees who had reported for work at 9 a.m. and couldn't get in called 911.

She was fully clothed and had apparently suffered a head wound, Miller said. Detectives said there was no sign of a struggle and robbery did not appear to be a motive.

"I saw her purse on the counter this morning as I passed by her shop," said John Gotti, owner of the Classic Cut, also in the shopping center.

Ki Won Hahn, proprietor of the Pearl Cleaners, said he knew the victim for about a year.

"She was kind, very friendly," Hahn said. "She was always working so hard."

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