Invalid, 70, found slain in East Baltimore home Woman may have been strangled in robbery, police say.

October 02, 1991|By William B. Talbott and Joe Nawrozki | William B. Talbott and Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff

The body of a 70-year-old East Baltimore invalid was found today in the victim's well-kept rowhouse by a city social worker who visited the woman daily to bathe her.

Homicide Detective Rick James said the body of Mary Dorsey, of 1715 N. Wolfe St., was found about 9:10 a.m. by an unidentified employee of the Department of Social Services. Dorsey, a stroke victim since 1979, was found dressed in her nightgown and lying on a sofa of a first-floor front room.

The house had been ransacked, James said, and the apparent motive for the break-in was robbery. The cause of death has not been determined, although detectives were considering that the woman had been strangled because a bloodied towel was found near her body.

Thelma Lucas, a relative, said Dorsey was confined to the first floor of her home and used a wheelchair and walker. Lucas said Dorsey unlocked her front door every morning at 8 a.m. for the social worker. Police theorized the killer had entered the house through that door.

Neighbors and friends said Dorsey had lived in the house since 1951. Her husband died nearly four years ago. The victim had four grown children.

Dennis Taylor, owner of the Kozy Korner Record Shop in the same block, said he knew the victim for 30 years.

"She would yell out the window to me if she wanted something at the store or change," Taylor said. "She was a nice lady who never did anything bad to anybody."

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