Police: Woman found in park victim of homicide

March 15, 2010|By Don Markus | Baltimore Sun reporter

The death of a 19-year-old woman whose body was found earlier this month in a Montgomery County state park is now being investigated as a homicide, Montgomery County police said Monday.

An autopsy showed that Tannessa Victoria Taylor died from trauma to the body, police said.

Taylor, whose address is not known, was last seen alive Dec. 31. State and county police responding to a report of human remains in Patuxent River State Park in Damascus on March 6 found Taylor's partially decomposed body in a shallow gave in a wooded area near the end of Brown Church Road.

Taylor was identified through her fingerprints. The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology joined detectives from the Homicide/Sex Section of the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division in the investigation.

Police are asking anyone with information about Taylor's disappearance or death to call homicide detectives at 240-773-5070. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS. Crime Solvers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and or an indictment for this crime.

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