Slain woman likely strangled

January 29, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A Southwest Baltimore woman was found slain in her boarding house apartment yesterday afternoon, the apparent victim of strangulation, police said.

Julia Felton, 31, was found about 12:30 p.m. in a closet of her second-floor apartment in the first block of S. Hilton St. Police said they believe she was strangled with an electrical cord.

Ms. Felton, who handled calls for Automobile Club of Maryland's road service, hadn't reported to work Wednesday and Thursday, police said. Her sister went yesterday to the boarding house, where Ms. Felton lived alone, but didn't get an answer at the door, police said. Firefighters were called, and they entered the apartment through an upstairs window.

Police said there were signs of a struggle in the apartment, although it is unclear how the killer got inside. Detectives were trying to determine whether anything had been taken.

Ms. Felton is believed to have been dead for about two days, but an autopsy was to be performed to determine the time of death, police said. Investigators said last night that they knew of no motive for the killing and had no suspects.

The slaying is the city's 18th of 1994, compared with 23 at the corresponding time last year, police said. Anyone with any information about Ms. Felton's death is asked to call police at 396-2116.

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