Examiner rules Dundalk death a homicide

Police say 24-year-old suffered wounds to her head and neck

April 22, 2000|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

The death of a 24-year-old Dundalk woman has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner.

The body of Heidi Louise Bernadzikowski was found Thursday night in her apartment in the 2200 block of Codd Ave.

Police said they received a call from Bernadzikowski's boyfriend, who got to the apartment about 9 p.m. and found her lying on the living room floor.

"The boyfriend left the house at 4: 30 p.m. He had to run some errands," said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

Police said Bernadzikowski appeared to have suffered trauma to the neck and head. The state medical examiner's office conducted an autopsy yesterday.

According to a police source, Bernadzikowski's throat was slit.

"We are asking if anyone was on Codd Avenue between 4: 30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and saw what they thought was suspicious, but didn't think to call 911, to call police," Warehime said.

Warehime said there were no signs of forced entry and "so far nothing appeared to be taken from the house."

A neighbor, Reggie Evelyn, 74, said he heard a commotion about 6 p.m., a half-hour after he said he saw Bernadzikowski park her car and walk into the house.

"I definitely heard some kind of noise. I assumed it was [neighborhood] children," Evelyn said. "I heard a noise like children running around inside, but I knew she didn't have any children."

Other residents said they did not hear anything unusual. Bernadzikowski and her boyfriend moved into the rented townhouse about four months ago, they said.

Bernadzikowski's death was the county's eighth homicide this year.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call county police at 410-887-2198.

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