While her family made funeral arrangements, Baltimore County police searched yesterday for a man who may have seen 28-year-old Christina Marie Brown robbed and killed Friday as she walked along a footpath to the Metro station near Owings Mills Mall.
E. Jay Miller, a spokesman for the Police Department, said the department was circulating composite drawings of a black man who may have witnessed the slaying.
Bystanders in the area described a man in his 20s, who wears glasses, has short cropped hair, light skin and is about 5 feet 8 inches tall. On Friday the man was wearing a navy blue cotton zippered jacket over a gray sweat shirt, white tennis shoes and dark pants, Mr. Miller said.
An autopsy by the state medical examiner showed that Ms. Brown, an employee of Saks Fifth Avenue at the mall, died from at least one gunshot wound to the head.
Mr. Miller said the woman, who lived in the 6600 block of Parr Ave. just west of the Reisterstown Road Shopping Plaza, was robbed of her purse.
He said no arrest had been made.
Ms. Brown's body was found at 2:18 p.m. Friday beside an asphalt paved path extending through a field between an auxiliary Metro parking lot and the mall, about 10 minutes after she left her job in the store's housekeeping department.
The body lay in a dip in the path that was not visible from the mall or the Metro station, police said.
Ms. Brown left work a bit early Friday afternoon, a cousin said, because she and her fiance were going to the movies that night.
She was to have been married soon, the cousin said.
The daughter of a career Air Force enlisted man, Richard T. Brown of Spokane, Wash., and Marie Anne Brown of Hollywood, Calif., Ms. Brown was born in Baltimore.
She traveled in Europe while her father was stationed in Portugal,Spain, England and other countries. She also lived in Washington while her father was stationed there.
In 1983, she returned to Maryland and lived with her grandmother, Hattie C. Brown, on Parr Avenue.
In 1984, she enlisted in the Air Force and completed her basic training in Texas. She was then stationed in Ohio before being discharged a short time later.
Ms. Brown worked at several clerical jobs in the Baltimore area before she was hired by Saks at the Owings Mills Mall in January.
A stickler for cleanliness, a cousin said, Ms. Brown took pride in making the store's interior sparkle for its customers.
Besides her parents, Ms. Brown is survived by her grandmother; a stepbrother, Richard T. Brown 2nd; and a stepsister, Amanda Casemore of Washington state.