Slaying of teen unsolved Interest wanes in Glen Burnie death

February 02, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

The phone in the county police homicide office has stopped ringing with tips on who stabbed a 14-year-old Glen Burnie girl to death last month.

Public interest, police say, seems to be waning. Hundreds of interviews have come up empty. Detectives can't find a man they believe may have seen the killer. Frustration is plentiful.

Yesterday county police released another picture of the girl, Lisa Kathleen Haenel, in hopes of shaking loose some information.

None of the tips turned in by callers has panned out, said Sgt. Robert Jaschik of the homicide squad. "Obviously, somebody saw something. They may not realize what they saw is important. We've already received a hundred tips. We're ready for a hundred more."

Lisa's nude body was found lying face down in a ravine near Shetlands Lane and Century Towne Road about 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. She had been missing since Friday morning, when she left for school.

Detectives are still trying to determine what happened to Lisa after she left the apartment that she shared with her mother in the 300 block of Highland Drive. She left about 6:30 a.m. and never made it to school.

Her mother's boyfriend found Lisa's body while jogging near a path that is frequently used as a shortcut by students of several nearby Old Mill schools.

Police found no signs that Lisa was dragged into the ravine, although they said someone could have forced her there at knifepoint.

Investigators have determined she was not sexually assaulted. Some of her clothes were found near her body.

Two weeks ago, police released a sketch of a man seen by several people near the ravine the day before the slaying.

Detectives want to talk to the man, but no one has come forward.

"Many people have called and said they know who he is," Sergeant Jaschik said.

"But so far, no one has owned up to it."

And that sums up the whole case. "Unfortunately, I don't have anything to tell you," Sergeant Jaschik said when a reporter called.

"We don't have any real viable suspects."

The sergeant said detectives always hope for short investigations.

"As time goes on, the more people forget. They can't remember details -- it gets a lot tougher."

Police have added additional officers to the case, but even they spend a lot of time tracking down tips that go nowhere.

"That seems to be the case now," Sergeant Jaschik said.

"We have gotten quite a few leads, but they have all led to a dead end."

Lisa is described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds. She had hazel eyes and shoulder-length brown hair.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray sweat shirt, white leather sneakers , a blue "Old Mill" band jacket, white socks and a purple shirt.

Anyone with information about Lisa or her murder is urged to call Anne Arundel County police at 987-8669 or 222-3461, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 276-8888, for a possible a cash reward.

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