Man's frozen body found stuffed in box in West Baltimore

February 07, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

Authorities are trying to identify the frozen body of a young man who apparently was murdered, stuffed in a cardboard box nearly a month ago, and found this weekend by children playing in a West Baltimore neighborhood.

"The whole body was in the box," a city homicide detective said. "He was killed in some manner or fashion and was put in the box to be disposed of."

Children playing near a garage in the 2300 block of Allendale Road found the body about noon Saturday.

"Neighborhood children were inquisitive and started tearing into the box and found the body," said Detective Thomas Pellegrini. "We figure the body has been there about three or four weeks."

Detective Pellegrini said the man was killed by someone and was "not meant to be found" when he was put in a box that had held a 19-inch television set.

The body was frozen from the cold weather in recent weeks, delaying the autopsy and identification of the man who was described as black, and in his late teens to early 20s.

"The first step is to identify the body," the detective said. "It was wrapped up in a box. We also need to get some fingerprints."

Anyone with information about the death is asked to contact Detective David John Brown, who is investigating the case, at 396-2100.

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