Baltimore County police are searching for a backpack that they hope will help them determine how a city woman who worked in Cockeysville ended up dead in the Woodmoor area of the county.
Tiona Katrice Smith, 23, of the 3900 block of Mountwood Road in Southwest Baltimore, worked at a McDonald's in Cockeysville and regularly took mass transit home, police said. She left work Sunday wearing her blue McDonald's uniform and carrying a gray backpack with dark patches, police said.
Smith's body was discovered Sunday in the backyard of a home on the 6800 block of Fox Meadow Road, which is near Liberty Road, by children who told their parents that they had found a woman sleeping nearby, police said.
The state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and said that Smith died of multiple cut wounds, county police announced yesterday.
Police said the backpack may contain clothes belonging to Smith, who was wearing her uniform when her body was found. "It might give additional clues where she was," said police spokeswoman Vickie Warehime.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.