A 35-year-old pregnant woman was found slain yesterday in a Timonium printing shop she and her husband operated, Baltimore County police said.
The body of Lewellen Masenior of the 2700 block of East Strathmore Avenue was found in the rear of the Print Shack in the 2000 block of York Road about 9 a.m., said E. Jay Miller, a police spokesman.
Mr. Miller said evidence of foul play was found at the scene but declined to elaborate.
The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.
Two printing shop employees who arrived for work at 9 a.m. found the front door of the building locked and were unable to get anyresponse when they knocked on the door, Mr. Miller said.
The employees said Mrs. Masenior, who owned the shop, usually arrived at 6 a.m. Other storekeepers in the small shopping center reported seeing her alive about 8 a.m.
Because Mrs. Masenior was pregnant, the employees became concerned and notified the Fire Department. A firefighter broke a transom above the front door and climbed into the building. He found Mrs. Masenior's body in the rear room next to several printing machines, police said.
Mr. Miller said there was no evidence that the shop had been ransacked.
Police said Mrs. Masenior's husband, Michael Masenior, was notified of the slaying in Ohio, where he was on a business trip. He was located through Mrs. Masenior's stepdaughter.
Employees of the businesses in the shopping center described Mrs. Masenior as a friendly woman who was thrilled about having her first baby.
"I couldn't think of a nicer person," said J. R. Sauers, owner of J. R.'s Leather & Shoe Repair.
"Every holiday she used to come around and ask what we wanted printed for the window, free of charge."
Other merchants said they were anxious about security at the shopping center.