The body of a woman in her mid-30s was found yesterday evening in her rowhouse in the Putnam Green community near Woodlawn, county police said.
An initial account from police - that the woman's throat had been slashed - could not be confirmed last night, but police said neighbors were evacuated from their homes and questioned while police searched the area.
The woman's name was being withheld pending notification of family, police said.
Her body was discovered in the house in the first block of Heatherton Court at the eastern edge of Diamond Ridge Golf Course about 7 p.m. by another occupant of the house. That person fled and called police from another location, said Cpl. Mike Hill, a police spokesman.
It was not immediately known how long she had been dead or whether there was any obvious sign of a burglary or struggle, Hill said.
He declined to say what, if any, evidence police found in the house. Hill said that when police entered the home they noticed a pull-down ladder leading to the attic was in the down position.
"Officers entered the attic which has a common crawl space with at least 10 other houses, and a search revealed no one who may have attempted to hide there or enter another dwelling and escape," Hill said.
Occupants of those houses were evacuated to buses, where police could interview them, Hill said, adding that none told police of seeing anyone acting suspiciously.
Anyone with information about the death was urged to call the homicide squad at 410-887- 3943 or county police communications at 410-307-2020.