Eastpoint woman found dead in home Saturday was strangled

April 10, 2001|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

The 29-year-old woman who was killed in her Eastpoint rowhouse during the weekend was strangled, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Melissa Taylor of the 7300 block of Edsworth Road was found dead inside the house by her mother, who stopped by to visit about 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

Carol Sparacco, Taylor's neighbor, said she was inside the home before police arrived and saw a "long round line" with a "phone cord or rope attached it" near the body.

Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman, said authorities know of no motive and have no suspects in the case. She confirmed yesterday that two police officers were called to the victim's house early Saturday morning after Taylor called 911 to report a disturbance at her front door.

Police had declined to release that information Saturday.

"I just heard some thumping, screaming and then banging on the door," said Sparacco, who was awakened by the noise. "It sounded like someone was very angry and wanted in there bad."

The officers were called to the house at 3:41 a.m., but the man who had been at the door was gone when they arrived, police said. Taylor told police that "someone she knew" had been at the house and was intoxicated but left when she threatened to call police, Warehime said.

Taylor did not tell police the man's name, and Warehime would not say whether he is a suspect.

Warehime said the officers searched the area for the man, but did not find him.

Sparacco, who said she believes that police could have done more to prevent the homicide, said the two officers were "talking to each other" for 15 minutes in front of her home.

Sparacco said she heard "screaming and a thump" inside Taylor's home about 11:30 a.m. "My belief is [the man] was in there ... from the beginning," she said.

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