Burned body is of witness in voided murder-try case

June 25, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

A woman found burned beyond recognition Thursday in Northeast Baltimore after she was apparently beaten and doused with a flammable liquid was identified by police yesterday as Michelle Renee Lowery, 20, of the 5400 block of Morello Road.

She had been scheduled to testify this year in an attempted murder case, court records show.

Police said they knew of no suspects in her slaying.

Her body was found at the foot of a hill near an apartment complex in the 5600 block of Sinclair Lane.

Ms. Lowery is listed in court records as a witness in a case against Michael Holmes, 20, of Baltimore. The charge in that case was dropped March 11.

Firefighters discovered Ms. Lowery's body after putting out a brush fire at the apartment complex.

Ms. Lowery's mother, Germaine Reese Lowery, called police after learning they were trying to identify a burn victim wearing a ring with the initial "G" on it. She said last night that the ring was hers and that her daughter often wore it.

She said her daughter had attended St. Dominic's Roman Catholic School on Harford Road and Mercy High School.

She was a clerk at Zorba's carryout restaurant in the 5600 block of Harford Road. Kostas Hariditis, a manager, said, "She didn't show up for work this week. I thought she found another job."

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