Wrecked car, woman's body discovered near Cockeysville

Plunge into ravine apparently an accident

June 11, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

The body of a woman was found in a wrecked car yesterday near Cockeysville, apparently the victim of an accident at least two days ago that no one saw or heard.

Police identified her as Joyce Richards, 47, of the first block of Sycamore Lane in Hanover, Pa.

Police and firefighters were called to the accident scene, on Falls Road near Shawan Road, shortly before 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon by a telephone company worker.

"A Bell Atlantic worker on a cherry picker looked down and saw the car," said Lt. Minda F. Foxwell of the Baltimore County Police Department. "You can't see the car from the roadway."

The car, a white GEO Prizm with Pennsylvania tags, appeared to have been in the ravine for a couple of days, Foxwell said. The ravine, separated from nearby homes by heavy vegetation and bushes, is about 15 feet deep. The car's top was visible only to a pedestrian leaning over the guardrail.

Tire tracks, part of a taillight and marks on the guardrail near the scene suggested that the woman was driving on Falls Road toward Shawan Road when she left the road, drove onto the guardrail and plunged nose first into the ravine, Foxwell said.

The condition of the body led investigators to think it had been there several days, Foxwell said.

Firefighters used a rescue truck from the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Department to hoist the car up over the guardrail and back onto the road.

Foxwell said Richards' injuries appeared to be consistent with a car crash and that there were no signs of foul play.

Pub Date: 6/11/99

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