Body may be that of Hispanic teen

police seek help identifying victim

June 07, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A body found almost a month ago near a Woodlawn apartment complex's playground might be that of a Hispanic teen-ager, police said Friday. They have readied fliers, asking for help in Spanish, for distribution in the city and county.

The identity of the young woman, whose age is estimated at 19 or younger, is not known, nor is how she died, said Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey.

"They still have not come up with cause or time of death," he said.

Police hope the fliers, which were translated by Maria Cumming, a Puerto Rican native who lives in Towson, will bring forward someone who knows the woman. Her body, nude and wrapped in a sheet, was discovered May 12 in a small ravine near Belmont Park Apartments.

A blue, gray and white plaid blouse with long sleeves and a square-neck pullover top with short sleeves was found under the body, which police believe had been in the ravine about a month.

The medical examiner in Baltimore brought in a forensic anthropologist from Washington who determined that the body could be that of a Hispanic, Toohey said.

The fliers will be distributed in Hispanic areas in the city and county, Toohey said.

Pub Date: 6/07/99

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