Body found by park identified as that of Baltimore girl, 14

August 21, 2002|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A body found Monday in an alley near Leakin Park - first thought to be that of an adult - was that of a 14-year-old girl who frequently ran away from her South Baltimore home and had been fatally shot, city police said last night.

The victim, Nicole Lynn Mason of the 900 block of Herndon Court in Curtis Bay, had not been seen by her family since March, said homicide Detective Michael Baier.

Police are seeking information on her whereabouts between then and late Sunday, the estimated time of the shooting. The body, fully clothed, was found about 7:20 a.m. Monday behind the 3300 block of Powhatan Ave. A resident of the block reported hearing a gunshot about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Baier said.

The girl - who had been detained by police previously as a runaway - was identified through fingerprints, Baier said, adding that she had left home at least three times this year.

Police were trying yesterday to identify another homicide victim - a woman whose skeletal remains were found Friday in East Baltimore. She had been stabbed to death.

Landscape workers discovered the body about 1:40 p.m. Friday behind homes in the 3200 block of Ravenwood Ave.

Anyone with information on the killings is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100.

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