Police plead for help from Old Mill residents GLEN BURNIE

February 12, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel County police issued two pleas last night to people who live near the Old Mill school complex: to report anything that might lead them to the person who killed a student last month, and to make their neighborhoods safer by forming patrols.

"I'm kind of pleading to you, I guess, to help us," Sgt. Robert Jaschik told the group of about 50 people in the Old Mill auditorium. "The basis of any police investigation is information, and that information comes from the public."

Sergeant Jaschik, who heads the department's homicide unit, said that a $5,000 reward offered Feb. 2 by Randy Haenel has brought no calls.

Mr. Haenel's 14-year-old daughter, Lisa Kathleen, was found stabbed to death Jan. 16 in a ravine near the school.

He said police are assuming the killer was a man because the teen-ager was nude. They believe she was killed near the path that cuts between the back of Rainbow View Apartments and Shetlands Lane on her way to school Jan. 15, and believe someone must have seen or heard something unusual that morning. The path, a shortcut used by dozens of students, has been less heavily traveled since the murder, as police, parents and school officials have directed students away.

Extra patrols, some in unmarked police cars, have been in the Old Mill area to help quell community fears. Capt. P. Thomas Shanahan, who heads the Eastern District police station, said he would not leave the community unprotected but that the additional daytime patrols could not continue forever.

He suggested instead that the community form patrols to guide children to and from school.

"What I want to do is get that under way," he said, asking people in the area to give "just a little bit of time" to help.

"I don't know an easy answer to make you feel safer, but if we can get some retired moms and dads," unemployed adults, parents and others to pitch in, the community can help itself, he said.

Some parents said they thought that was a fine idea.

"I think that if we work as a community, we can all help each other," said Nora Scott, mother of an 11-year-old girl.

Others wondered how practical it would be in a community where so many parents work. "With the number of parents working, I think it would be extra hard," said Ilene Smith, a parent of three children.

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