Dundalk woman was strangled, had upper body injury, autopsy finds

January 22, 2001|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

An autopsy showed that a Dundalk woman, whose body was found in her apartment Friday, had been strangled and suffered blunt force trauma to the upper body, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

The death of Gomti Rasik Patel, 44, whose body was found by a family member at the victim's apartment in the 3100 block of Wallford Drive, was ruled a homicide, police said.

Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a county police spokeswoman, said police do not have a suspect or know of a motive for Patel's death.

Police did not report whether they had recovered a weapon.

Investigators are having difficulty because the victim's family speaks Hindi, Warehime said, and are seeking an interpreter.

"It's slowing down our interview process and ... our investigation," Warehime said.

Neighbors were stunned to hear of the crime and said the family kept to itself but was polite.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said that the afternoon the body was found, she heard someone screaming to call 911. She left her apartment to see what was happening and found a man who she thought was a relative of Patel's.

She said the man told her, "They killed her, they killed her."

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