Victim, 87, described as 'very sweet' Bolton Hill woman was strangled

December 03, 1992|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,Staff Writer

Neighbors described 87-year-old Carrie P. Milburn, who was found strangled Tuesday night in her Bolton Hill apartment, as a kind and friendly woman who had served as a notary for many of them.

Police said Mrs. Milburn's body was found about 10 p.m. by her brother and maintenance personnel after the workers unlocked the door to her 10th-floor apartment at the Bolton House, in the 1100 block of Bolton St. The brother told police he had become concerned about his sister after he could not contact her.

"She was a very sweet person," said Tecolia Seabrooks, a resident of the Bolton House who last saw Mrs. Milburn the day before the victim's body was discovered. "She was petite, very congenial and she smiled all the time."

As homicide detectives and a crime laboratory unit combed the scene, Mrs. Seabrooks and some other residents expressed fear about their safety in the area on the edge of Bolton Hill, near Dolphin Street.

"I can't help but be afraid," said Ms. Seabrooks, 61, as she directed the distribution of bags of surplus food yesterday afternoon in the Bolton House clubroom.

"As you know, crime is so high that you got to get in your apartment and keep that door closed. You got to live as if you were in prison. I'm very nervous."

Homicide Detective Gerald Goldstein said there was no apparent motive for the murder. Mrs. Milburn's apartment had been ransacked, he said, but it was unclear what the attacker was searching for.

Brenda Drew, who has lived at Bolton House for 15 years but is moving in two weeks, said she worries about security in the 14-story building. She said she has seen used hypodermic needles in the parking lot and "that lets you know what's coming in and out of the building."

Ms. Drew, a paraplegic who uses a wheelchair after being shot in 1974, said she has complained to the building's manager, Affordable Housing/Edgewood Management Co. of Bethesda, about "undesirables" being allowed into the building.

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