City policeman questioned in slaying Body of woman, 22, found in Gunpowder Falls State Park

January 11, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer Staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this report.

A Baltimore police officer has been suspended from duty pending the outcome of an investigation into the slaying of a young woman whose partially clad body was found yesterday morning in the Hammerman section of Gunpowder Falls State Park, police officers said.

The officer, recently assigned to the Northwestern District, was questioned at his southeast Baltimore home for several hours last night and early today by Baltimore County detectives and city police, the police officers said. They also said the officer has not been charged.

The officer's police-issued pistol and other weapons were taken from his house, the officers said, and his dark-colored pickup truck also was confiscated.

The officers, who asked to remain unidentified, say it is possible the officer was involved in the slaying of the woman, though they are not sure how. The officers say he may have hired someone to kill the woman.

Police investigating the woman's death are awaiting the results of ballistic tests on the officer's guns and the examination of other pieces of evidence before any charges are filed, the officers said.

A park ranger found the body of Gina Marie Nueslein, 22, of the 3300 block of Ramona Ave. in Northeast Baltimore, in a remote wooded area at the end of Graces Quarters Road near the eastern edge of the county.

She had been reported missing by her parents Saturday after failing to arrive at work.

Police said they are treating the death as a homicide. An autopsy is to be completed today.

Police said evidence indicated that the killing took place elsewhere and that the body was dumped in the park.

The officers said a witness saw a dark-colored pickup truck in the area where the body was found.

The officers also said that the victim filed a paternity suit against the officer and that the case was scheduled to be heard in court Wednesday.

Neither Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a Baltimore County police spokesman, nor city police spokesman Sam Ringgold would comment.

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