Body of teen-age girl found behind Edgewood townhouses Police believe youth attended party nearby

November 13, 1995|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

The body of unidentified teen-aged girl who apparently was slain was found yesterday morning in a wooded area behind a row of Edgewood townhouses.

A woman looking for her dog found the girl's body about 8:45 a.m. near the the 1400 block of Charlestown Drive in Harford Square, according to Sgt. Edward Hopkins, a spokesman for the county sheriff's office.

Police would not comment on the condition of the body of what they said was a girl of 15 or 16, but a neighborhood resident who would not give his name said she appeared to be partially nude.

"We are pretty certain the victim is an Edgewood girl who attended a party at a nearby home Saturday night," Sergeant Hopkins said.

Investigators interviewed as witnesses the owner of a townhouse and her son in the block where the body was found, according to Lt. David Saneman.

The girl was in the house "for a period of time," Lieutenant Saneman said.

"We're still trying to sort out what happened," he said. "Until we get an autopsy we're really not going to be sure as to a cause of death."

Saturday night's storm may make the investigation more difficult. "Because of the wind, the rain, the snow -- those things can damage evidence and alter conditions," said Sergeant Hopkins, who added the case was being investigated as a murder.

Investigators were looking for relatives who could positively identify the girl last night, he said.

"It's pretty shocking," said Cheryl Pirog, whose back yard is closest to where the body was found. "For the most part this is a pretty quiet neighborhood."

The wooded area is well traveled by children who play there and by people who use it as a shortcut to a nearby mobile home park, Mrs. Pirog said.

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