Police ID body found in southeast

Woman was working as prostitute, they say

April 15, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A woman whose nude body was found last week in a Southeast Baltimore industrial complex - beaten and suffocated - had recently been working as a prostitute, city police said.

Police identified the woman as Melody A. Brock, 34, of Lakeland, Fla., and said her death bore similarities to a September killing of a woman whose body was discovered about a half-mile away.

Detectives were not sure how long Brock had been in Baltimore. Her body was found in the 2200 block of Newkirk St. in the Canton industrial area.

Brock was killed and dumped by the side of the road, where her body was found about 7 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Brock - who had blond hair and was 5 feet, 6 inches tall and about 115 pounds - was wearing two silver rings on her left hand, one with a zodiac sign and the other with a green stone, police said.

The slaying appeared similar to that of Tabitha Bruce, whose nude body was found in the 6200 block of Seaforth St. in a parking lot of a freight company at Fort Holabird Industrial Park. Bruce, of the 4000 block of Pinewood Ave., also had been beaten and suffocated, authorities said.

Anyone with information about the homicides is urged to call Detective Michael Hammel at 410-396-2100.

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