Remains in Carroll Co. are Baltimore woman

Toni Dee Vogel's remains were found in 2009, police say

August 31, 2011|By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun

The skeletal remains of a murder victim found in Carroll County have been identified as a woman from Baltimore who went missing 14 years ago, police said.

An autopsy has identified Toni Dee Vogel as the victim found on March 24, 2009 in Westminster, Maryland State Police said Wednesday in a statement.

The cause of death has not been released because the homicide investigation is ongoing, police said. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted the autopsy.

Over two years ago, police were called to the 900 block of Baltimore Boulevard, where a person walking through a wooded ravine saw a skull in a pile of construction rubble. State police uncovered other bones at the scene.

After an examination of dental records failed to produce an identification, police had a forensic artist draw a sketch of the victim that was made public in August of 2009. This month, a tip led investigators to check the DNA of Toni Vogel, and a match was made.

Vogel went missing at age 29 on May 21, 1997, police said. She was last seen that day around 7 p.m. near the intersection of South Mount and McHenry streets in the New Southwest-Mount Clare neighborhood of Baltimore.

State police ask anyone who knew Vogel to call at 410-386-3029. They said Vogel, who was petite and white, used drugs and was involved in prostitution. She sometimes went by the name Madonna and had family in Baltimore but no known connection to Carroll County. Vogel had a daughter, according to police.

Callers may remain confidential.

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