Woman found dead in Eastpoint home in apparent homicide, police say

April 08, 2001|By Alec MacGillis | Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF

A 29-year-old woman was found dead in her Eastpoint home yesterday afternoon, the victim of an apparent homicide, Baltimore County police said.

The victim, Melissa Taylor, was found in the upstairs hallway of her home in the 7600 block of Edsworth Road by a family member who had come to check on her, police said. The relative - neighbors said it was her mother - called police about 2:45 p.m.

Police said Taylor suffered trauma to the upper body.

According to neighbors, Taylor moved into the house about six weeks ago with her 5-year-old daughter, who had gone to spend the weekend with her father.

Several neighbors said Taylor was visited Friday night by a male friend and that shouting at a late hour prompted residents next door to call the police.

Police would not say whether they received a noise complaint or sent officers to investigate at the house Friday night.

No sign of ransacking was found in the house, police said.

Word of the death startled neighbors, who said they knew little about the woman other than that she was a pretty, single mother who appeared to have a job and walked her dog on the street.

"I've been here 43 years, and it's been a quiet neighborhood until this happened," said Josie Bressi, who lives on the block.

"She was extremely quiet. I don't know what happened," said another longtime resident, James White.

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