Woman's body found in Spa Creek Police say signs of trauma evident

July 12, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Two Annapolis residents boating in Spa Creek yesterday discovered the body of a woman floating in the water and anchored by a large rock, Annapolis police said.

The state medical examiner had not determined a cause of death late yesterday, but police said the woman suffered "obvious signs of trauma to the body" and that it was "very possible" she was dead when her body was dumped into the water, Lt. Stanley Malm said.

The boaters found the fully clothed body about 10:45 a.m. near the end of a fishing and crabbing pier in Truxtun Heights Park, Malm said. The body had been in the water a couple of days, he said.

Police had not identified the woman late yesterday. They said no recent missing persons reports fit the description of the woman found in the creek.

Annapolis police and their summer interns searched the woods near the pier yesterday for clues. They were searching for spots in the woods where the woman might have been beaten or "anything that seems out of place," Malm said.

Ken Earl, whose third-floor apartment overlooks the park's docks and boat ramp, said there is usually a lot of activity in the area in the summer and that he had noticed nothing unusual in the past few days.

Pub Date: 7/12/96

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