Woman's body found in garbage bags

October 06, 1994|By Robert Guy Matthews | Robert Guy Matthews,Sun Staff Writer

The body of an unidentified woman was discovered wrapped in two garbage bags and dumped on the edge of a back road leading to Liberty Dam in northwestern Baltimore County early yesterday afternoon.

Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a county police spokesman, said the woman had suffered a wound on the front of her head, but he would not be more specific.

Investigators described the victim as a black woman in her 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 135 pounds. She was fully clothed in a sweat suit. No identification was found on the body.

A park maintenance worker found the body about 1:30 p.m. Police believe it was dumped sometime after 9:30 a.m., when the same worker passed the site without seeing anything amiss.

The body was lying face down at the edge of the road, just 200 yards west of Liberty Dam and the Carroll County line. The woman's legs were bent at the knees and the feet were sticking up in the air. One garbage bag had been placed over the top of the body and another bag over the feet.

Police said it appeared the woman had not been dead long.

Investigators spent about three hours at the scene before sending the body to the medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death.

Because no identification was found, investigators will take fingerprints, then check local and national missing persons registries.

This is the fourth body found in less than a week in Baltimore County.

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