Body found in basement of motel is identified

December 18, 1997|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Police yesterday identified the body found in the basement of a North Laurel motel Monday afternoon as Belinda Jean Huber, 27, of Laurel and said she had been reported missing in February.

Police view the death as suspicious and are awaiting the results of an autopsy, said Sgt. Steven E. Keller, spokesman for the Howard County police.

Police said decomposition of the body made an immediate determination of the cause of death difficult.

Huber, who was living with her boyfriend in the 400 block of Gorman Ave., was reported missing by her mother in February, police said.

Police suspect that her body might have been in the basement crawl space, next to the Valencia motel's boiler room, since February.

Police said they identified Huber from a variety of small tattoos on her body and a partial thumb print. Huber had a criminal record that included charges of drug possession, battery and felony theft since 1995, according to court records, which did not make clear the disposition of the charges.

Anyone with information relating to the case should call Howard County detectives at 410-313-2220. Detectives Ann Gibbons and Chuck Jacobs are investigating.

Pub Date: 12/18/97

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