Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

NORTH COUNTY *

October 01, 1992

Police identify woman found stabbed to death

The body of a woman who apparently was stabbed to death, found by county workers in Patapsco Valley State Park Tuesday morning, has been identified as a Baltimore resident, county police said.

County maintenance workers mowing grass along Furnace Avenue found Emma Jean Wantland, 29, of no fixed address, at 10:20 a.m. Clad in a tank top and jeans, she was lying on her back about 35 feet from Furnace Road.

"We don't know if she was killed there," police spokeswoman Terry Robey said.

Ms. Wantland had various tattoos on her body, including the name "Cissy" on her left forearm and the name "Crystal" on her right upper arm. Police identified her after the distinctive tattoos were made public in news reports.

Detectives notified the woman's family yesterday afternoon, at their home in the 300 block of S. Fulton Ave. in Baltimore, said Capt. Michael Fitzgibbons, commander of the Criminal Investigation Division.

"We have not been able to determine the last place she was seen alive," he said.

Investigators would not reveal how many times or where Ms. Wantland was stabbed. Her body was taken to the medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death.

Officer Robey said investigators believe she had been dead for three to seven days and do not know if she had been sexually assaulted.

POLICE BEAT

Two men charged with soliciting lewdness

County police have charged two men with solicitation for lewdness after undercover officers allegedly were propositioned by them on Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park.

According to the police report, female officers posing as prostitutes at the intersection of Ritchie Highway and Tungston Street arrested the men between 5 and 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Raymond Herman Kelly, 52, of the 8200 block of Camion Road in Pasadena, and William James Parks, 37, of Federalsburg, were taken to Northern District station to be charged.

Former MVA clerk gets 5 years probation

A 33-year-old former clerk at the Motor Vehicle Administration was sentenced to five years probation yesterday for falsifying a registration record so she could continue driving.

Theresa Rice, of the 5400 block of Relcrest Road, Baltimore, also was sentenced by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. to six months in jail for two charges -- driving while suspended and altering official documents -- but he suspended the jail time on condition she complete the probation with no criminal offense.

The charges stem from her arrest March 3 after an internal investigation at the MVA, according to a police report.

Police said a motorist came to the MVA and asked for Chesapeake Bay tags. Ms. Rice issued a set of standard tags, canceled that registration in the MVA computer records. She then issued the Chesapeake Bay tags and kept the original, standard tags for herself.

According to a police report, Ms. Rice tried to use the tags so she could continue driving her 1988 Hyundai Excel while her license was suspended and she had no car insurance.

Ms. Rice also was ordered to pay $516 in court costs and costs incurred by the public defender.

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