Police search for clues to dead woman's identity Body was found Tuesday along rural Falls Road

March 08, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police are searching through reports of women who have disappeared since 1991, hoping to identify the body of a young woman found Tuesday along a stretch of Falls Road in rural Whitehouse.

Investigators have been unable to determine the cause or manner of the woman's death, said Lt. Craig Bowers.

But they do know that she has been dead about five years and is not among the thousands of people reported missing from the county during that period.

"We don't know what happened yet," he said. "Unless you find something really obvious, it is difficult to tell."

A road crew trimming trees and brush found the woman's remains.

The woman was black and about 18 years old, police said. She was wearing high-top Mia-brand tennis shoes, size 6B, with the laces missing and a touch-fastened strap across the ankle.

Her pants, size 7/8, had ankle zippers with a Flippo Totti-brand label. Another label found near her body said, "It's a Label, Made in the U.S.A."

Her blouse was a size 9/10 and appears to have been a light color with darker pinstripes.

A cotton blend with a collar, pocket and sleeve cuffs, the blouse had pearl-colored buttons on the front.

She also was wearing a leather or vinyl jacket that zipped in front and had an elastic waistband.

Police also found two pierced earrings -- gold hoops with a small gold ball mounted on the bottom of the hoop.

Lieutenant Bowers said the body did not seem to be buried, but rather covered with leaves and debris.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 887-3943 or 887-2198.

Pub Date: 3/08/96

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