Police investigate deaths of 2 women in Baltimore

November 10, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore homicide detectives are investigating the unrelated deaths of two women, including one in which the body of the victim was found wrapped in trash bags in a north side house.

The body of the woman, in her 40s, was found about 10:10 a.m. Tuesday in the basement of a house in the 3000 block of Reese St. The body, which had apparently been in the house for several days or weeks, was discovered by federal Department of Housing and Urban Development workers refurbishing the dwelling, police said.

Determining the woman's identity has been difficult due to the advanced stages of decomposition of the body. Police had made a tentative identification last night but were unable to reach relatives for confirmation.

The victim appeared to have been strangled, although an autopsy was to be performed, said Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman.

In a separate incident, Anneke Sophia Johnson, 36, of the 2000 block of Park Ave. died at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of a stab wound to the chest about 5:35 a.m. yesterday -- shortly after having been stabbed by another woman during an argument.

The quarrel took place in the 700 block of Newington Ave. in West Baltimore. Police said Ms. Johnson was seen arguing about 2:10 a.m. with a woman who pulled out a knife and stabbed her in the chest.

No suspects have been identified in either of the slayings, police reported.

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