Female shot, burned in auto was P.G. teen

August 15, 1996|By Erica C. Harrington | Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF

Howard County police yesterday announced that a female found shot in the head and burned in a car in North Laurel has been identified as a 14-year-old girl from Prince George's County.

Teneisha Nikiya Whitfield of the 1400 block of Nova Ave. in Capitol Heights was identified with dental records by the state office of the chief medical examiner, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a Howard County police spokesman.

Her mother, Vernessa Whitfield, reported her daughter missing with the Metropolitan Police in Washington after July 5, the day she was last seen at Sasha Bruce House, a shelter for runaway youth in Staunton, Va.

Vernessa Whitfield contacted the medical examiner's office when she learned of the unidentified body that was found July 6 in a burning car at Seasons Apartments in the 9700 block of Covered Wagon Drive in North Laurel, Keller said.

The white 1996 Honda Accord in which Whitfield was found was reported stolen July 2 from a Suitland resident at a Prince George's gas station. Investigators from the state fire marshal's office determined that the fire started on the passenger side of the car, near where her body was found.

Police released a sketch July 30 of a man suspected of stealing the car. He is described as black, age 18 to 22, between 5 feet 7 and 5 feet 11 inches and 140 to 180 pounds. He has a slender build and a light-to-medium complexion.

Pub Date: 8/15/96

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