Owings Mills mall worker found slain Woman, 28, is killed walking to Metro

September 26, 1992|By Sheridan Lyons and Michael James | Sheridan Lyons and Michael James,Staff Writers Staff writer Meredith Schlow contributed to this article.

An employee of Saks Fifth Avenue died yesterday after being either shot in the head or bludgeoned as she walked to the Metro station from the Owings Mills Town Center Mall, Baltimore County police said.

Christina Marie Brown, 28, of the 6600 block of Parr Ave. in Northwest Baltimore was found dead at 2:18 p.m., just 10 minutes after she left work, said E. Jay Miller, a county police spokesman.

Her body was discovered by a passer-by on an asphalt path between the mall and the Metro station. Her head wound was so severe that police won't know whether she was shot or beaten until a medical examiner completes an autopsy, Mr. Miller said.

Police believe the motive was robbery. Ms. Brown's purse and identification were not on her body when she was found, police said.

The body was discovered beside a paved path extending through a field between an auxiliary Metro parking lot and the mall.

Police said Ms. Brown had told co-workers at Saks that she was leaving work to catch the Metro.

One of her relatives, reached at home last night, said the victim had just started working at Saks about two months ago.

Ms. Brown routinely rode the Metro and had never reported any problems, her relatives said. They said she had moved to Baltimore from California in 1983 and was living in Northwest Baltimore with her grandmother.

Kathleen Kohls, an MTA spokeswoman, said MTA police were notified by a pedestrian en route from the mall to the Metro station. The body lay in a dip in the path that was not visible from the mall, she said.

Samantha Ostertag, manager of retail operations at the mall, said that three witnesses had seen the body, but that no one knew the woman was an employee at the mall.

A flier distributed to mall merchants alerted employees to the woman's death, Ms. Ostertag said.

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