A Pasadena woman whose body was found in her bathroom one...

December 24, 1997

A Pasadena woman whose body was found in her bathroom one day after she was reported missing was strangled, according to the medical examiner.

The body of Brenda Lee Painter, 36, of the 600 block of 201st St. was found about 1 p.m. Friday when an officer went to the house to follow up on a missing-person complaint that her mother had filed the day before.

The officer checked on the house, found the door unlocked and found the body in the bathroom. There were no obvious wounds, police said.

The woman's truck, a red 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup with gray trim and Maryland tags 54D-208 that also had been missing from her home, turned up yesterday morning in Baltimore, but police have made no arrests. They ask that anyone with information about the crime call county police at 410-222-3566.

A Mount Airy woman was hit in the finger Sunday when a gun was fired accidentally in a Hanover mobile home, county police said.

Patricia M. Murray, 22, of the 200 block of Village Way in Mount Airy was treated at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

She was with a small group at a mobile home in the 100 block of Chesapeake Mobile Court about 1: 30 p.m. Resident Otis Ard, 70, and Donald Murray, 22, of the 200 block of Village Way in Mount Airy had been showing guns to one another. Patricia Murray was sitting in the kitchen across from Ard, who was standing with Donald Murray at the kitchen counter. As Ard put the 9 mm handgun into its case, it went off, police said. The bullet ricocheted off a coffee mug on the counter and into Patricia Murray's left hand middle finger.

Ard told police that the gun belonged to his son and that he didn't know it was loaded. Police took the gun but did not arrest Ard.

Police Log:

Pasadena: Someone broke into a house in the 100 block of Dunlap Road overnight Sunday and stole a television, two videocassette recorders and compact discs worth $1,105.

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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