A Pasadena woman who went to her mother's Arnold house yesterday after telephone calls to the home went unanswered for several days found her mother dead with a knife embedded in her chest.
Homicide detectives in Anne Arundel County were searching for the killer of Marlene Annette Kilpatrick, 55, of the 100 block of Church Road.
Mrs. Kilpatrick was stabbed at least once in the chest after what appeared to be a violent struggle that ended in the bedroom of her home, said Officer V. Richard Molloy, police spokesman.
"There is a lot of blood throughout the house," Mr. Molloy said.
After finding her mother's body at about noon yesterday, Lisa Kilpatrick O'Connell ran to a neighbor's house for help, said Mark Hansen, 16, who lives next door to Mrs. Kilpatrick.
"She was crying and asked me to help her," he said. After Ms. O'Connell told him what was wrong, Mr. Hansen called 911, then went to Mrs. Kilpatrick's home, he said. "When I got to the door, there was a stream of blood on the floor," he said.
Officer Molloy said that the door to Mrs. Kilpatrick's home was unlocked when Ms. O'Connell arrived and that there was no sign of forced entry.
Detectives were unsure yesterday afternoon when Mrs. Kilpatrick was killed. The slaying, the second in Anne Arundel County in three days, is unusual for the quiet upper-middle class neighborhood off of Ritchie Highway, police said.
"Right now we are trying to determine what her last steps were," Officer Molloy said.
Mrs. Kilpatrick's car, a dark red 1983 Mercury Cougar, is missing from the driveway, he said, prompting police to suspect the killer took it.It was found abandoned last night in the parking lot of Clement Hardware in the 500 block of Ritchie Highway, off Robinson Road in Severna Park.