Body found on city pathway

January 19, 1995|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

A teen-age girl was found dead from gunshots today at the bottom of an embankment behind the Social Security Building on the western edge of downtown Baltimore, city police reported.

A pedestrian discovered the body on the grassy median between West Franklin and Mulberry streets, just east of Martin Luther King Boulevard, about 8 a.m. and flagged down a police officer.

The slaying occurred on federal property that serves as a popular shortcut for people trying to cross U.S. 40, a major route into and out of downtown Baltimore. The body was lying about 20 feet from West Franklin Street, but was not visible to passing cars.

An employee at the Social Security building also saw the body from her window and called 911.

Detectives fanned out across the median about 100 yards behind the 12-story north wing of the federal building and collected possible evidence from clumps of bushes and trees.

Several pieces of clothing, including stockings, were taken, but investigators could not say if the items belonged to the victim or were connected to the slaying.

Police could not say how long the body, apparently fully clothed and lying on its right side, had been there. They said no calls about shots fired in the area had been received by emergency dispatchers.

Social Security workers could be seen on the first three floors of the building, peering out of their windows to watch the commotion below.

Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said detectives had not positively identified the body, but had an idea who she might have been.

Detectives would not say how many times the girl had been shot or where on the body she was hit. But they said at least six shell casings were found in the wet grass.

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