Police charge man with murder 20-year-old's body found in debris BALTIMORE COUNTY

September 10, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A Cockeysville man was arrested yesterday and charged with the murder of a 20-year-old woman whose decomposing body was found Aug. 22 in a pile of debris, Baltimore County police said.

Shane McKinley Merryman, 23, of the 800 block of Warren Road, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kristin Kathleen Haynes, police said.

Mr. Merryman, who lists his occupation as an electrician, was arrested about 5:30 p.m. at the Cockeysville precinct station, where he went to meet with detectives at their request, said E. Jay Miller, a county police spokesman.

Mr. Merryman is believed to have been the last person to see Ms. Haynes alive. Detectives have verified the two were together about 3 a.m. July 25, Mr. Miller said.

Police said they recovered physical evidence linking him to the victim but declined to disclose details.

Ms. Haynes, who worked at the McDonald's restaurant on Cranbrook Road in Cockeysville, had met Mr. Merryman recently, but the two were not romantically involved, police said. The victim lived in the 1000 block of Misty Lynn Circle.

On Aug. 13, Ms. Haynes' father reported his daughter missing after he became concerned because he hadn't heard from her in more than two weeks, police said.

Nine days later, a person walking near the 200 block of Old Padonia Road in Cockeysville noticed a foot protruding from a pile of debris and discovered Ms. Haynes' body.

The killer had partially concealed her body on the side of a brush-covered bank near a quarry, police said.

The state medical examiner's office later identified the partially clothed body through dental records and ruled the cause of death to be a blow to the head with a blunt object, police said.

Because of decomposition, the medical examiner was unable to determine if she had been sexually assaulted, police sources said.

Mr. Merryman was ordered held without bail last night; a bail review hearing is set for today.

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