Suspect in slaying hunted in Arundel

January 01, 1998

Anne Arundel County police are searching for a Pasadena man they have charged in the strangulation of 36-year-old Pasadena resident Brenda Lee Painter, who was found dead in her home two weeks ago.

Howard Grant Brown, 25, of the 7800 block of Outing Ave. was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder.

"We have detectives searching for him in the areas that we know he frequents," said Anne Arundel County police spokeswoman Officer Carol C. Frye.

Painter's home, in the 600 block of 207th St., is two blocks from Brown's, but Frye said she was not aware of a connection between the two.

Painter's body was found about 1 p.m. Dec. 19, when an officer went to her house to follow up on a missing-person report her mother had filed the day before.

The officer found a door to the house unlocked and the woman's body in the bathroom. Police found no obvious wounds.

Later examination showed Painter had been strangled, authorities said.

"Witness information" led police to seek Brown, said acting Lt. William H. Collier, of the Anne Arundel County police criminal investigation division.

Pub Date: 1/01/98

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