By Justin Fenton and Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun
9:36 PM EDT, May 12, 2014
Anne Arundel County police said a woman who was found dead in a medical office building in Glen Burnie Monday was a custodian who cleaned the building's offices.
Police said an employee opening the building early Monday discovered the body of the woman, later identified as 43-year-old Christi Lynn Pelland. Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said police were notified at 8:46 a.m. and responded to the Medical Arts Centre at 325 Hospital Drive. Some office suites in the building already were open, and police evacuated occupants and went through the building, Mulcahy said.
Mulcahy said the victim suffered trauma to the upper body, but he did not elaborate.
Pelland, of Pasadena, was an employee of Spiritual Cleaning, police said. Her body was found in a gynecologist's office, police said. The building did not appear to have been burglarized or broken into, but detectives are investigating her death as a "targeted incident," police said.
The business was expected to reopen Tuesday for normal hours.
Dr. Mahesh Ochaney runs an internal medicine practice in the building and was making rounds at a hospital Monday morning when his staff called to tell him what had happened. His office was due to open at 11 a.m., but his employees arrived to find police tape encircling the building.
"This is very horrible," said Ochaney, who said he has had a practice in the building for more than 10 years.
Throughout the day, officers at the scene walked in and out of the facility, a two-level beige-and-brick building along busy Hospital Drive, just down the street from the Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
Police asked that anyone with information in the case call 410-222-3566.
Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this article.
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