Body of woman found in safe in S. Baltimore

`Person of interest' being held by Anne Arundel County police


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August 11, 2005|By Gus G. Sentementes and Richard Irwin | Gus G. Sentementes and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A woman found dead in a safe in a South Baltimore security products company died of asphyxiation, and her death is being investigated as a homicide, city police said yesterday.

The victim was identified by police as Robin Hoey, 36, who lived in the 500 block of Caton Ave. in Southwest Baltimore.

Police said they have a "person of interest" in the case who is being held by Anne Arundel County authorities.

Anne Arundel County police arrested that person on attempted-murder charges in connection with another incident, and charged the individual Monday, court records show.

The person, who was not named by police, is being held on $250,000 bail.

An owner of Safes & Security Systems Inc. called police after he walked into the company's office Tuesday evening, smelled a foul odor and saw what appeared to be blood on the floor, police said.

A woman's body was found inside a 5-foot-tall safe, wrapped in a blanket, police said.

Yesterday, three women, including Hoey's mother, went to the safe company in the 3100 block of Lorena Ave., near the Baltimore County line, in an emotional attempt to find the safe where the victim had been found.

"She was here. .... Which one was my daughter in?" the mother, Linda Dunkle, said as she looked through various safes, according to a videotape recording of the encounter made by WBAL-TV and reviewed by a reporter.

The owner called the police, who escorted the women out of the building. The owner could not be reached for comment.

Police said the family had reported Hoey missing a few days ago. Family members declined to comment.

Sun staff writer Annie Linskey contributed to this article.

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