Woman's death ruled a homicide Officer's powers suspended during probe BALTIMORE CITY

January 12, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer Staff writer Jay Apperson contributed to this article.

A woman found dead Sunday in Gunpowder Falls State Park was a homicide victim, the state medical examiner's office ruled yesterday, and a Baltimore police officer is being investigated in the slaying.

Gina Marie Nueslein, 22, of the 3300 block of Ramona Ave. in Northeast Baltimore died of a gunshot wound to the head, said Dr. James L. Locke, the assistant state medical examiner, who ruled the death a homicide.

Dr. Locke declined to say anything further about the autopsy.

Police investigators said they believed that Ms. Nueslein was killed elsewhere and that her partially clad body was dumped in the park.

On Sept. 17, Ms. Nueslein filed a petition in Baltimore Circuit Court asking a judge to declare the police officer -- Sgt. James A. Kulbicki, 36, of the Northwestern District -- to be the father of her son.

Sergeant Kulbicki has had his police powers suspended and has been placed on administrative duties at the Northwestern District pending the outcome of an investigation of Ms. Nueslein's murder, police officials said. He has not been charged.

Sergeant Kulbicki was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow for a hearing in the paternity case, court records show.

Judge John Carroll Byrnes had recently signed an order requiring the officer and Ms. Nueslein's 16-month-old son to go to a laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University to take blood tests to determine if Sergeant Kulbicki was the father.

Police said the officer's department-issued pistol and other unidentified weapons from his home have been confiscated, along with a dark-colored pickup truck that seems to match the description of a vehicle seen driving away from the state park on Saturday night.

Ms. Nueslein had been reported missing by her parents that same evening when she did not report for her job at a Royal Farm store.

A park ranger found the body the next morning in a remote wooded area at the end of Graces Quarters Road in eastern Baltimore County.

Police said Sergeant Kulbicki had recently been promoted to the rank of sergeant and was transferred to the Northwestern District.

Baltimore County detectives and city police questioned the officer for several hours Sunday night at his Southeast Baltimore home.

Investigators are awaiting the results of ballistic tests on the officer's guns and are examining other pieces of evidence before filing any charges, police said.

Court records show that Ms. Nueslein's son was born Sept. 13, 1991, at Mercy Medical Center and had been in her care.

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