Annapolis church leader's wife found dead in North Baltimore

No obvious signs of trauma to body; police say investigation continuing

May 11, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

The 66-year-old wife of a prominent Annapolis church leader has been identified as the woman whose body was found partially submerged under the Jones Falls Expressway in North Baltimore last week.

Police were called Friday morning to the 1800 block of Union Ave., just west of the highway in the Woodberry neighborhood, where they found the body of Emma Eileen Baltimore of Pasadena in the Jones Falls. There were no obvious signs of trauma to her body, and police were continuing to investigate.

Baltimore was the wife of Wilbert L. Baltimore, a senior bishop with the King's Apostle Holiness Church of God, which according to a 2000 article includes 20 churches in seven states. He was also a longtime administrator in the Anne Arundel County school system.

Anne Arundel County police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said Baltimore had been reported missing May 4 after her vehicle was located about two miles away from where her body was eventually found, in the 4900 block of Falls Road. Her relatives told police that she suffered from mental problems and had spent time in a Baltimore-area facility multiple times in the past year, city police spokesman Donny Moses said.

In a statement posted to the church's Facebook page on Tuesday, Eileen Baltimore was recalled as an "encourager and role model, and immensely loved by all."

"Her sweet, quiet and humble demeanor will always be remembered and cherished. She loved God with all of her heart, soul and mind, and her only priority was to see souls saved for our Lord," the statement said, adding that the family would have no additional comment.

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