Suspect in slaying awaits extradition hearing Ellicott City woman was killed in 1985

November 27, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Dana Hedgpeth contributed to this article.

LEBANON, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania man charged with murder in the death of a 31-year-old Ellicott City woman nearly 13 years ago is being held without bail in this small southern Pennsylvania town pending an extradition hearing.

Kenneth Allen White, a 47-year-old unemployed truck mechanic, will meet with his court-appointed public defender for the first time Monday, court officials here said.

White was arrested without incident Monday morning by Lebanon police at the rundown apartment he shares with his 10-year-old daughter.

When he was taken to police headquarters, Howard County detectives served him with an arrest warrant charging him with first-degree murder in the death of Sandra Lee Taylor.

White's daughter, whose mother lives in Pittsburgh, is being cared for by relatives until the local Department of Juvenile Services can look into the case, Lebanon police spokesman Sgt. Greg Holler said.

Taylor was last seen alive New Year's Day 1985 by patrons of an Oella bar -- then known as Valley View Inn -- who said the 31-year-old mother of two left with White about sunrise, according to Howard County court documents.

About 7 a.m. that day, Taylor stopped briefly at her nearby house for cigarettes and then left in an orange Vega station wagon that is believed to have been White's car, according to the documents.

Howard County police spokesman Sgt. Steven Keller said White, who was traced through checks cashed by an uncle he was traveling with, was one of the people interviewed soon after Taylor's disappearance.

The case remained dormant until August 1995, when environmental workers cleaning a stream near Route 99, near Woodstock in western Howard County, found skeletal remains.

Dental records, pieces of fabric and keys found with the remains were used to identify the body as that of Taylor, and police reopened the investigation.

Court documents indicate that inconsistencies between White's

original statements and those he gave to police this year made him a focus of the investigation.

According to the documents, Dennis Herman, a Lebanon man described as White's best friend, told police that after police renewed their inquiry in 1995, White told Herman he had raped and murdered Taylor, then buried her in a shallow grave 20 feet off the road.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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