State police refuse comment on body exhumed last week

March 16, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

State police criminal investigators, who ordered the body of a 94-year-old woman exhumed for an autopsy last week, would say nothing about the case yesterday.

Detective Sgt. Donald Hoffman, chief of the criminal investigation section at the Westminster barracks, repeatedly replied, "I have no comment on this," to a reporter's questions.

The body of Carrie Marie Ecker, who lived at the Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center in the 1200 block of Washington Road and died Dec. 29, was buried in the cemetery of Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren in New Windsor.

On March 10, police ordered representatives of the Thomas D. Fletcher & Son Funeral Home to exhume her body for an autopsy at the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore. The body was reburied the next day.

Nancy Stocks, administrator at the convalescent center, said, "We are cooperating with the Maryland State Police and we have been asked not to make any comments at this time."

Michael Golden, a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene spokesman, said the department is aware of the investigation.

Carol Purkins, nursing home ombudswoman for Carroll County, said, "I'm aware of the investigation" and referred questions to Sergeant Hoffman.

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