6th slaying victim since Oct. 11 found

November 05, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Police yesterday were trying to identify the partially decomposed body of a man found shot to death late Friday off Hartsdale Road -- the sixth slaying in Northeast Baltimore since Oct. 11.

Investigators have linked several of the slayings to a drug turf war on streets north of Sinclair Lane. All are unsolved, including the fatal shooting aboard a city bus at Sinclair Lane and Edison Highway last week.

A man was found fatally shot Oct. 18 off the 1500 block of Hartsdale Road. Friday's discovery by a police officer on routine patrol was made 30 feet away; police are investigating possible links.

"Coincidentally, there appears to be a connection," said Maj. Bert L. Shirey, commander of Northeastern District. He has doubled patrols in the areas of the slayings. "I don't want another month like October," he said.

Homicide Detective Marvin Sydnor said the latest victim was in his 30s or 40s. The victim was found fully clothed in dense underbrush near a stream and had been shot in the back, chest and head. Authorities are using dental records to identify him.

Shirey has said that the first Hartsdale slaying was being investigated as drug-related.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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