Nine missing women and girls are sought in Harford County

June 23, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON

Harford County Sheriff's deputies are seeking information on the whereabouts of nine missing women and girls, including an Aberdeen resident who disappeared days after four other women were attacked or killed in the area, police said.

Jennifer Lynn Blankenship, 25, of the 100 block of Spesutia Road, was last seen June 4, two days after Sheila Ann Turner, 42, was found dead in a field in Perryman. Another woman - Lillian Abramowicz Phelps of Elkton - was found dead two weeks later, and two other women told police they were choked and left for dead in secluded locations, as well. Police say that they believe all four have been involved in prostitution.

A Kingsville man has been arrested in connection with the chokings as police work to determine whether they are linked with the killings.

The others listed by police as missing are: Laurie Dee Ambrose, 41, of West Virginia; Cynthia Ann Briggs, 58, of Baltimore; Mandy Marie Fox, 14, of Edgewood; Monica Patricia Gonsalves, 24, of Edgewood; Ashley Nicole Hess, 17, of Churchville; Erica Noel Lautz, 25, of Bel Air; Estefania Sarah Pena, 17, of Edgewood; and Erika Nicole Shaffner, 17, of Darlington.

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