Body identified as that of Harford woman

November 16, 2006|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,sun reporter

The second of two bodies found in a field near Aberdeen in September has been identified as that of a 51-year-old Harford County woman, state police said yesterday.

The body of Joyce Ann Toliver was found in a secluded location near Aberdeen after a man walking his dog found two sets of human remains. Police said they identified Toliver using DNA.

In all, the bodies of four women have been found in remote locations around Aberdeen in recent months; the other two were discovered in June. After recovery of the bodies found in September, investigators said that there were similarities in the circumstances of the cases, and that a possible suspect was in custody.

Charles Eugene Burns, 35, has been charged in the killing of an Elkton woman found in June near train tracks outside Havre de Grace. Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said Monday that charges in the other killings would be unlikely until the new year.

Investigators have said a common link among some of the bodies found and six assaults alleged to have been carried out by Burns is that the victims were women engaged in prostitution.

Last week, police identified the other body found in September as Jennifer Lynn Blankenship, 25.

State police provided little information on Toliver yesterday, saying only that she was believed to have lived in Harford County and that she was last seen in the Aberdeen area in late April to early May, said Cpl. Arthur N. Betts.justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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