Autopsy to determine how print shop owner died

December 05, 1990|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore County police today were awaiting the results of an autopsy they say will tell them how the co-owner of a Timonium print shop was slain yesterday and perhaps what kind of weapon was used.

Police said no arrest has been made in the death of Lewellen Maesenior, 35, of the 2700 block of Strathmore Ave. in northwest Baltimore. Her body was found about 9 a.m. in a rear room next to several printing machines at the Print Shop, a firm she and her husband, Michael, ran in the 2000 block of York Road.

Maesenior reportedly was several months pregnant with her first child.

The woman's body was found by county firefighters who had to break into the shop after workers who arrived earlier found the front door locked.

About an hour before, employees of shops adjacent to Maesenior's passed by and noticed her purse sitting on top of the front counter and the woman inside. At that time, police said, nothing seemed amiss.

While investigating the death, police recovered evidence but declined to elaborate. They said the interior of the shop showed no signs of ransacking or robbery.

E. Jay Miller, a county police spokesman, said there was evidence of foul play but that no information would be available until the autopsy is completed.

The woman's husband was on a business trip in Ohio when his wife was killed and was located through the victim's step-daughter.

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