Police name 3 women found slain Victims knew each other

medical examiner won't discuss autopsy results

January 29, 1996|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF

U.S. Park Police yesterday released the names of three young Washington women whose bodies were found at the edge of a wildlife refuge near Laurel, but continued to be tight-lipped about possible motives or suspects in the killings.

The bodies of Tamika Black, 19, of Northwest Washington; Tanji Jackson, 21, of Northeast Washington; and Mishonn Chinn, 23, of Southeast Washington, were found about 4:30 a.m. Saturday by a motorist in a public road next to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, a 13,000-acre tract in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.

The women appeared to have been shot, and two of them run over by a motor vehicle, according to the Park Police, who are investigating the deaths because the bodies were found on federal land.

Park Police Officer Greg Lehman said the women, who had known each other for about five years, last were seen about 11 p.m. Friday in Washington. "The information we have is that they were going out for the evening," he said.

The state medical examiner's office in Baltimore yesterday refused to release any information about autopsy results on the three women.

The fully clothed bodies were in a straight line within 60 yards of each other in the eastbound lane of Route 197, south of the Anne Arundel County line. Police said their purses were next to them, apparently undisturbed, so robbery has been discounted as a motive.

Police weren't sure whether the killer might have run over the women or whether a motorist accidentally did so after the bodies were left in the road. That section of Route 197, also known as Laurel Bowie Road, normally is isolated at night, police said.

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