Police to seek FBI's help in killings of 3 women

Similarities noted among slayings, official says

May 18, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police officials said yesterday they will turn to FBI behavioral experts to try to learn more about the killer or killers of three prostitutes whose bodies were discovered in recent months in an industrial area of Canton.

Col. Robert M. Stanton said police are investigating possible links in the killings, which have several similarities. The women -- all white, between 18 and 34 years old and prostitutes -- were strangled and missing most of their clothes. They also were known to work the Patterson Park area, he said.

But Stanton said police are not sure whether the slayings were committed by the same killer or killers.

He also said that police are investigating several recent sexual assaults on prostitutes. Two of the women were choked but escaped, police said.

Stanton said that police are combing files to determine whether any other deaths might be related. He also said that police are awaiting the results of forensic tests and soon would present the cases to FBI experts to see whether they can help create a profile of the killer or killers.

Tabitha Bruce, 22, of the 4000 block of Pinewood Ave., was found dead about 9 a.m. Sept. 6, lying near construction equipment at All Freight Distributing Co. in the 6200 block of Seaforth St., police said.

Melody A. Brock, 34, of Lakeland, Fla., was found April 9 in the 2200 block of Newkirk St. Daniel D. Fell, 18, of the 2800 block of Fleetwood Ave., was found Monday in the 1300 block of Baylis St.

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