The body of a woman believed to be in her mid 20s was found after daybreak today in the rear yard of a house in the 2500 block of Francis St. near Druid Hill Park.
Investigators said they received a call about 7:30 a.m. after a passer-by walking through the alley discovered the body.
Police said the woman's clothes were in disarray, and there was trauma to her head and neck.
The body bore no identification. It was sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy to establish the cause of death and an identification.
Police said neighbors did not report hearing any unusual noises during the night.
The woman is the 231st homicide victim in Baltimore this year, compared with 239 at this time last year, police said.