Missing woman's home near site of body discovery

October 07, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The decomposed body of a woman discovered Saturday outside Annapolis was found less than a mile from the home of a woman who has been missing since early last month.

Lt. Joseph Jordan, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County police, said police are investigating but that it likely would be several days before the bodys identity and the cause of death are known.

The body was found in a lot in the Whispering Woods neighborhood bordering Annapolis and Arnold, the area where the missing woman lived.

Nancy Clark Leonard, 52, left her Blossom Tree Court home about 5:45 p.m. Sept. 4 to walk to a nearby drug store to buy cigarettes, police said. She did not return, and family called police the next day.

She is described as 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 90 pounds, with collar-length grayish-blond hair. She has no medical conditions that would have impaired her walking, said Detective Sheyn R. Brezniak of the missing persons unit.

Leonard is one of five county residents who are considered "critically missing," meaning that police suspect foul play in their disappearances or they have medical conditions that must not be left untreated.

Police ask anyone with information about Leonard or any other missing person to call Brezniak at 410-222-3588.

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