Authorities confirm identity of body found in city park

Woman, 25, lived nearby on northwest side

case being treated as homicide

September 24, 1999|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A decomposed body discovered Tuesday morning in a Northwest Baltimore park was identified yesterday by the state medical examiner's office as that of a 25-year-old woman who was reported missing in August from her apartment two miles away.

Police spokesman Robert W. Weinhold Jr. said the medical examiner's office has not determined how Raquel Workman died.

But Weinhold said investigators are treating her death as a homicide.

Detectives had suspected since Tuesday that the body discovered at Cylburn Park was Workman's because of clothing recovered, but medical examiners had to rely on dental records for confirmation, homicide investigators said.

No arrests have been made, and investigators said they have several mysteries to unravel.

Workman was the girlfriend of a Baltimore police officer and had recently broken up with him. Officials said he is not considered a suspect.

Workman was last seen by friends standing outside her apartment complex in the 3600 block of Clarinth Road.

Police recovered her daily planner Sept. 4 from woods near Northern Parkway and Metro Drive, near Reisterstown Plaza.

Police reported finding her 1999 Nissan Altima on Sept. 7 at the Townhouse Motel in the 5800 block of Reisterstown Road.

Workman's mother, Gale Patillo, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Pub Date: 9/24/99

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