The remains found in a wooded area of Pasadena earlier this week are that of a young woman whose death has been ruled a homicide.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner announced the homicide ruling Thursday after finding evidence of trauma on the victim's upper body. Further examination determined the remains are that of a white female, approximately 18- to 20-years-old. The woman was 5-foot 6-inches tall with brown hair.

The investigation began Monday, when a man walking in the woods behind the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway, notified police he had found a skull. Police initiated a search of the area, near the intersection of Jumpers Hole Road, and after several hours, recovered additional human remains. Police said the body had probably been at the location for several months.

The investigation continues and anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Regina Collier of the Criminal Instigation Division's Homicide Unit at 410-222-3417.

Mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

  • Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts