Identity of dead woman sought

Body discovered Saturday in Owings Mills

January 09, 2007|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,Sun reporter

She wore a necklace with an oval pendant. But Baltimore County police say they know little else about the woman whose body was found in a wooded area in an affluent, remote Owings Mills neighborhood Saturday.

Police released photographs yesterday of the woman and the jewelry that she was wearing, and asked for the public's help in identifying her.

The woman's body was found by two bicyclists riding in the 2500 block of Caves Road on Saturday morning, police said. Her body was visible from the road, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman.

The state medical examiner ruled the woman's death a homicide by asphyxiation. But Hill said it remained unclear whether she had been strangled or was killed in another manner.

There were no outward signs of trauma, police said.

Hill said that investigators did not know whether her body had been dumped in Owings Mills, or where she had been killed. And police officials declined to estimate when the woman died.

Neighbors said that although they suspect she was killed elsewhere, the discovery of a body in the normally quiet area was disturbing.

"I'm very worried about it," said Luba Balakirsky, who lives nearby with her children and grandchild. She added that she hadn't seen or heard anything unusual before police knocked on the door Saturday.

Large homes are situated far apart along the wooded, winding road, just off Greenspring Avenue. Several properties are lined with deer fences. The neighborhood is several miles from the Beltway.

The Caves Valley area is home to several private schools, a country club and farms. The scenic views frequently attract outdoor enthusiasts and Sunday drivers in pleasant weather, neighbors said.

The two cyclists found the woman's body about 11:20 a.m. Saturday, Hill said.

Police said the woman was in her mid-30s. She appears to have an olive complexion, but her race was unknown to police, Hill said. On a gold chain necklace, the woman wore a silver and gold oval pendant with a symbol on each side.

The woman's death is the second homicide in Baltimore County this year. On Jan. 3, a Lansdowne man was arrested and charged with stabbing his ex-girlfriend's fiance.

Anyone with information about the woman is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or, for a possible reward, Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

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