Bolton Hill woman, 87, found strangled at home

December 02, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer Staff Writer Mike Farabaugh contributed to this article.

An 87-year-old woman became Baltimore's 304th homicid victim last night when she was found strangled in her Bolton Hill apartment, police say.

The victim was identified as Carrie P. Milburn, who lived on the 10th floor of Bolton House in the 1100 block of Bolton St.

Police said that Mrs. Milburn's brother had been trying to contact her and that after he got maintenance personnel to unlock the apartment they found Mrs. Milburn's body about 10 p.m. Police said the apartment had been ransacked. Police said today they had no suspects and were unaware of why anyone would have wanted to kill Mrs. Milburn.

The 14-story apartment building is on the edge of Bolton Hill, near Dolphin Street. The 304 homicides this year match the city total for all of 1991. That figure last year did not set a record numerically, but it did establish a high in the homicide death rate of 42 per 100,000.

The city also is on a pace to match its deadliest year ever -- 1972, when 330 people were slain. So far in 1992, an average of 27 people have been slain each month, and that figure in December would bring the total to 330.

"I'm shocked," said Vivian Vaughn, a Bolton House resident who said she would meet Mrs. Milburn at the mailbox or in the lobby occasionally.

"Mrs. Milburn was a very quiet person and didn't bother anyone. Who would do such a thing?" she said.

Other residents today also expressed shock when told of the killing. "You think you feel safe, but you never are," said one woman.

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