A 70-year-old woman who was partially paralyzed and used a wheelchair to get around her East Baltimore home was found dead yesterday by a social worker who had gone to check on her.
Mary Dorsey lived alone in a row house in the 1700 block of North Wolfe Street. Her death was considered suspicious by police, who found that the front door had been forced open and the house ransacked. But it could not be determined whether she was murdered until an autopsy was completed today, said Dennis S. Hill, a police spokesman.
The police said a social worker went to the house just before 9:30 a.m. to check on Mrs. Dorsey, who several years ago suffered a stroke that left her right side partially paralyzed. The social worker told the police that she found Mrs. Dorsey lying dead, face down on a sofa in the living room. Detectives said the house had been ransacked, but they were uncertain, what, if anything, had been taken.