Investigators share information in teen's death

December 13, 1992|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

Investigators from the Harford County Sheriff's Office and the state medical examiner met Friday to exchange information on the death of Nita Milak, the 16-year-old girl whose body was found Nov. 25 on a little-traveled road in Level, police said.

Deputy DeWayne Curry, a sheriff's office spokesman, said the meeting in Baltimore was part of the investigation and that the medical examiner is not ready to release a final report.

Deputy Curry said the medical examiner is awaiting information from the state police crime lab concerning evidence from the vehicle thought to have caused Nita's death.

The body of the junior at John Carroll School in Bel Air was found on a remote stretch of Wilkinson Road in what police label a suspicious death.

Investigators said Nita's 1990 Jeep Wagoneer was found backed against a tree about 60 feet from where she was found.

Sources said the keys were in the ignition but the engine was not running.

Lin Van Name, who lives near Deer Park Court and Wilkinson Road, said she became suspicious after her dog "started raising a ruckus."

She walked down to the gravel road and found Nita's body face down in a pool of blood. After finding the girl, unconscious, she called 911, then returned to attempt first aid.

Deputy Curry said the first officers on the scene were traffic investigators. He said they then radioed for help from the criminal investigation division .

To protect evidence, police placed the Jeep Wagoneer on a flatbed truck used to transport vehicles and sent it to the state police barracks in Benson for storage.

The next day, it was sent to the crime lab in Pikesville.

Police initially listed Nita's death as a fatal accident involving a motor vehicle, but later reclassified it as suspicious.

Since then, investigators have conducted dozens of interviews with friends, relatives, neighbors and others who knew Nita.

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