Slain woman, daughter strangled, autopsy finds

July 26, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

The 74-year-old woman and her daughter who were found slain in their Northwest Baltimore home Wednesday morning were strangled, the state medical examiner's office said yesterday.

But city police reported no breakthroughs in the case and would not comment publicly beyond the autopsy results. "We're not releasing anything else," said Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a department spokesman.

Frustrated relatives of Margaret E. McCarter and Nadine Evans, 47, both of the 3500 block of Greenspring Ave., said they were praying for an arrest.

"I think it's a shame that someone could come in and take their lives like that," said McCarter's granddaughter Tracey Leach, 18. "When [the police] get a suspect, I'll feel a little better. It had to be somebody she knew."

Police would not comment on a possible motive or suspects. "There are certain elements of the contained crime scene which only the suspect may possibly know," Weinhold said. "To make those elements public may compromise the investigation."

Police found the bodies after Evans did not go to work Wednesday as a nurse at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup.

Evans moved to the Greenspring Avenue house five years ago to help her mother, who had Alzheimer's disease. The two last were seen by neighbors Sunday.

Lt. Ben Lieu of the homicide unit said detectives were investigating "a couple of leads" but he would not elaborate. He said police do not believe there is a connection between the slayings and Evans' work at Perkins.

Police said Wednesday that there was no forced entry to the home. Lieu said yesterday that nothing appears to have been stolen.

Dr. David Fowler, of the medical examiner's office, would not elaborate on the autopsies. Police said there was blood at the slaying scene.

A wake is planned for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Union Baptist Church at 1219 Druid Hill Ave. Services will follow at noon.

Pub Date: 7/26/96

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