Slain teen-age runaway's family had not reported her missing Lack of report hindered identification, police say

April 23, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

A 16-year-old Millersville runaway, whose decomposed body was unearthed a week ago from a shallow grave in southwestern Baltimore County, was never reported missing by her family, police said yesterday.

Baltimore County police charged David Michael Fischer, 20, of the 6000 block of Chesworth Road in Catonsville on Wednesday with the slaying, but detectives were unable to identify the victim as Ji Na, of the 1000 block of Rustling Oaks Drive, until Friday.

Police had been searching for the body since January after an undercover officer received a tip from an informant about a man bragging about killing a girl in an abandoned Catonsville house. The informant finally led police to the body Tuesday in a wooded area off River Road in Oella.

An autopsy was unable to determine the cause of death, but police believe the teen-ager was killed in September.

Ji had been reported missing by her family on at least two occasions in the past two years, police said. Police did not know why her last disappearance was not reported. When reached at their home yesterday, her parents declined comment.

Pub Date: 4/23/96

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