Slain woman's car found

October 05, 1994|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,Sun Staff Writer

The car owned by Debra Ann Goodwich, the 19-year-old Baltimore woman who was fatally shot Friday at her parents' Stevenson home, was found yesterday parked at a Randallstown-area apartment complex off Liberty Road.

Two alert residents of the Pikeswood Park Apartments who make a habit of listening to police radios called Baltimore County police at 4:45 p.m. when they spotted the car with Maryland tags ZXX 070 under a tree in their parking lot on Schnaper Drive.

Police towed the 1988 maroon Honda Accord to headquarters in Towson for processing. They had no comment on the discovery of the car.

The car had been reported missing since Friday when Ms. Goodwich's mother discovered her daughter's body in the living room of her home. Police believe Ms. Goodwich may have surprised a burglar when she stopped at her parents' house to check for mail.

Police, who broadcast a description of the car and its license plate, asked anyone who knew of the car's whereabouts to call. That's exactly what George Shuffler and Jim Murray did when they spotted the car after their weekly grocery shopping.

"I've got police scanners that I listen to all the time -- that's why I knew," said Mr. Shuffler, 65, an eight-year resident of the apartment complex. "When I first noticed the plate, I stopped dead and said, 'That's it.'

"So I blocked the car in with my car, and Jim ran to call the police," he said.

The men said other residents noticed the car Saturday but didn't realize it was the object of a search.

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