Dozen leads prove empty in stabbing

July 13, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

County homicide detectives have checked out about a dozen leads in the last month on a man they say could know something about the stabbing death of an Arnold woman in January. But so far, they have come up empty.

The tips came after police released a sketch of the man they want to question in the murder of Marlene "Pat" Kilpatrick, 56, of the 100 block of Church Road.

Homicide detectives believe Mrs. Kilpatrick was beaten and stabbed to death in her bedroom between 11 p.m. Jan. 1 and 7 a.m. Jan. 2. Her daughter found the body about noon Jan. 3.

The man police are looking for was seen taking a cab from the Severna Park area to Jones Station Road, near Mrs. Kilpatrick's house, at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 2.

"We've had calls from people saying they recognized the man or that he looked like a guy they used to date," said Sgt. Mark Howes. "We are checking out every lead."

The man, who called a cab from a pay phone and had the driver pick him up at McKenzie Road and Ritchie Highway, is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 220 pounds. He is in his late 20s or early 30s and has blond hair. He was unshaven and wearing a checkered-gray flannel shirt and light-colored pants.

After the slaying, the killer apparently took Mrs. Kilpatrick's car and abandoned it in the parking lot of a hardware store at McKenzie Road and Ritchie Highway. Witnesses saw the car there as early at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 2.

Police have interviewed hundreds of people in the case and have given several of them lie detector tests. The sketch is the second one investigators have released.

Shortly after the killing, police released the first drawing of a man who was seen getting out of a car that looked similar to Mrs. Kilpatrick's in front of the Safeway store near her home.

Mrs. Kilpatrick, who suffered from multiple sclerosis and was retired, was active in church activities. She was separated from her fourth husband and active in Singles Again, a support group for single people.

There were no signs of forced entry to the house, and investigators said they believe Mrs. Kilpatrick knew her killer.

Police have declined to say if she was sexually assaulted, BTC although they have said they believe the crime was "sexually motivated."

For example, the suspect may have wanted to have sex with the victim, and she may have shunned him, Sgt. Howes said.

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