Police looking for answers in slaying of mother of four

June 17, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Rafael Alvarez contributed to this article.

A 30-year-old mother of four found dead in West Baltimore's Leakin Park was a homicide victim, and detectives are trying to piece together the last hours of her life to shed some light on the crime.

Bernadette Rosita Tyndale had worked for the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn for the past 11 years. A Southwestern District officer discovered her body in the 2000 block of Ridgetop Road about 3 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

Ms. Tyndale was pronounced dead at the scene, which is several miles away from her Northwest Baltimore home.

An autopsy confirmed yesterday that Ms. Tyndale -- of the 4200 block of Ridgewood Ave. -- was slain, although the cause of death won't be established until further tests are completed, police said.

Ms. Tyndale's husband, Ernest, told police that he last saw her about 9 p.m. Tuesday, when she told him she was going to a neighborhood store, said Sabrina Tapp-Harper, a city police spokeswoman.

"All she said was she was going to the store to pick up the kids. She never returned," Ms. Tapp-Harper said.

Ms. Tyndale's husband reported her missing about 1 p.m. Wednesday. At that time, police already had found the body, but they were unaware of its identity, Ms. Harper said. Police said they have no suspects and know of no motive. It remains unclear if Ms. Tyndale was abducted, and police were asking anyone who may have information to call them.

The slaying was shocking news to residents in Ms. Tyndale's well-groomed, scenic Northwest Baltimore neighborhood. "She and Ernie have always been such an ideal couple, just wonderful people," said Phyllis Williams, who lives next door to the Tyndales' gabled house. "It's so sad to leave the kids behind so young. They have twins who are 2, and I was just kidding Ernie the other day about the 'Terrible 2's.' "

No one was at the Tyndales' house yesterday. Signs posted outside say, "This home protected by Brinks home security" and "Beware -- Mad dog on duty."

"The neighborhood is just tore up over this," said Thelma Cook, who lives in the same block. "They have a very dedicated, very loving family. Bernadette always had her hat on right, and she loved her children very much."

Phil Gambino, a spokesman for the Social Security Administration, said Ms. Tyndale had worked at the Woodlawn office since 1983. She was a supply technician, responsible for the flow, order and control of supplies and requisitions for the agency's nationwide operations, he said.

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