Missing operator's bloodstained car found in Woodlawn motel parking lot

October 14, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

The search for a missing 911 Baltimore County operator turned up an ominous clue yesterday when the woman's bloodstained car was found in the parking lot of a Woodlawn motel, police said.

A Ramada Inn maintenance man found Linda May Lester's gray 1985 Mercury Cougar shortly before 6 p.m., backed into a space behind the motel in the 1700 block of Belmont Ave., said E. Jay Miller, a county police spokesman. Ms. Lester, 31, has been missing since Tuesday night.

"There was some blood on the trunk lid and some on the rear bumper and a slight amount on the driver's side door, leading us to believe there is foul play and possibly a homicide here," Mr. Miller said.

Police believe the car may have been backed into the space to conceal the rear license plate. The front license plate had been removed and was found in the trunk, Mr. Miller said.

Ms. Lester has worked for the last four years as a civilian police dispatcher and as a 911 operator in the county police communications center on Bosley Avenue in Towson. She was last seen leaving work about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Cpl. Jerry Fitch, a fellow worker, said Ms. Lester had been in good spirits that evening. He said a co-worker saw her driving from the garage after completing her shift.

"We're all very worried about her," Corporal Fitch said, adding that Ms. Lester was a very dependable, punctual worker.

Mr. Miller said Ms. Lester, who lives in the first block of Comill Court in Owings Mills, was supposed to have picked up her 2-year-old daughter after work Tuesday from her estranged husband in Randallstown. But she never arrived.

Police checked Ms. Lester's apartment and found nothing unusual. "There was a message on the recorder from her husband, which said something to the effect of, 'You were supposed to pick our daughter up, you didn't come by, what happened?' " Mr. Miller said.

Anyone with any information about Ms. Lester's whereabouts is asked to call police at 887-2198.

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