Sandwich shop worker found slain

Edgewater woman, 51, was assaulted inside restaurant, police say

December 14, 2003|By Rona Kobell | Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police are investigating the death of a woman who was killed inside a sandwich shop near Annapolis early yesterday.

Mary Ella Ginger, 51, of Edgewater was found dead about 1 a.m. in the back room of the Subway restaurant in the Festival at Riva shopping center in the 2300 block of Forest Drive.

Police said she had been assaulted, but they have not determined the cause of death and are not certain whether robbery was a motive.

The case is being investigated as a homicide.

Lt. Joseph Jordan said the woman's mother called the store about 11 p.m. when it closed but got no answer. She phoned the shop's owner at home. The owner went to the store, found blood on the floor and discovered Ginger's body in a back room, police said.

Jordan said he knew of no witnesses because few stores are open as late as the Subway. But, he added, "we were fortunate that there were surveillance cameras on in the rear."

News of Ginger's death shocked workers in the quiet shopping center near Route 97.

"We all just kind of got hit with this this morning, so none of us have had a chance to digest it," said Susan Pratt, who has worked at the Moto Photo next door to the Subway on and off for the past six years.

Pratt said neither she nor her day-shift co-workers knew the victim, who worked nights. Others who worked later shifts at restaurants in the shopping center said they didn't think Ginger had been working there long.

Neighbors said Ginger, who had lived on Steuart Lane in Edgewater for about 15 years, ran a day care center from her home during the day and worked at Subway to supplement her income. Her two grown children lived with her occasionally, they said.

According to neighbors, her mother had been visiting from West Virginia for the holidays.

Police urge anyone with information about Ginger's death to call 410-222-8610.

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