Slain woman was prostitute, police say

April 17, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

Police have identified the body of a woman found behind the Cromwell Field shopping center Monday as a 33-year-old prostitute who frequented Curtis Bay and Brooklyn Park. They are asking for community help to find her killer.

The body of Ruth Sharlene White-Metcalf, of no fixed address, was found shortly after 9 a.m. lying face down near a creek behind the shopping center by a Glen Burnie man walking his dog.

Police said the cause of death has been determined, but that information had not been released yesterday. The woman was not stabbed or shot, police said.

Ms. Metcalf was arrested at least nine times since 1990 on prostitution, battery, drug and theft charges. Her last known address was in the 1900 block of Wilhelm St., Baltimore.

"We're talking about a street person," said Sgt. Donald Hauf, head of the county police homicide division.

"She didn't have a place of employment. She didn't have a real place to live."

Police hope to find someone who saw her alive Sunday night.

"We're looking for someone who knows her well enough to know who she was with, where she was going, or her habits," Sergeant Hauf said.

"We can put her in the Curtis Bay-Brooklyn Park area Sunday night," he said.

"We're at least convinced that she was accosted in that area. It could have been somebody who she picked up who she didn't know. Maybe a drug deal went bad."

Anyone with information on Ms. Metcalf's whereabouts Sunday night is asked to call Sergeant Hauf at 222-3456.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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