Missing woman's Saab found at National Airport

September 02, 1994|By From Staff Reports

The car that was driven by Susan Hurley Harrison, a 52-year-old Ruxton businesswoman who was reported missing Aug. 6, was found parked at Washington National Airport in PTC Northern Virginia, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Airport authorities contacted county police at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to report that the green 1992 Saab with Maryland tags 043-AVF was parked in one of the airport's short-term lots, police said.

Lot attendants had noticed the car on Aug. 7, the day after Mrs. Harrison disappeared, but did not check the license tag until Tuesday when they noticed the car had not been moved in three weeks, police said.

"We're checking with the airlines to see if she's boarded a flight," said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a county police spokesman. "But, so far it's turned up negative. We still think foul play might be involved."

The car was towed to county police headquarters in Towson, where it was processed at the crime laboratory. Police said there were no signs of foul play in or around the car.

Mrs. Harrison was last seen on Aug. 5 at the Timonium home of her estranged husband, James J. Harrison Jr., a retired chief financial officer of McCormick & Co.

She was to have met her son, Nicholas Owsley, 19, at her Ruxton home Aug. 6, and the two planned to fly out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport the next morning to visit relatives in Boston.

When she did not appear at the home, Nicholas Owsley called his father -- Mrs. Harrison's first husband -- Tom Owsley, who reported her missing to police.

The Owsley family had no comment yesterday, and efforts to reach Mr. Harrison were unsuccessful.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Owsley family and Mrs. Harrison's four siblings "for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any individuals responsible for her disappearance."

Mrs. Harrison is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 110 pounds with blond hair. She was last seen wearing black shorts and a black sleeveless top.

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