Woman found dead in Oella was murdered, according to Baltimore County police

Baltimore County police have asked for the public's assistance in finding who was responsible for the murder of a 33-year-old Baltimore woman whose body was found in the woods in Oella at 10:30 a.m.Sunday.

Cpl. Cathy Batton, a police spokeswoman, said she could not be more specific regarding the location of the body, other than it was found in the woods along Frederick Road in Oella.

"It's still very early in the investigation," she said the afternoon of June 11. "We did not even know it was a homicide until this morning."

She said information from the autopsy indicated the woman had been murdered.

There was no identification at the scene and detectives used fingerprints to identify the body as Janell Earlita Balogun, of the 2700 block of Rittenhouse Avenue in the Lakeland section of Baltimore.

Paul Cavey, who lives on River Road near the intersection with Frederick Road, said he did not hear anything unusual Sunday, but acknowledged he usually sleeps late that day.

The 87-year-old, who was outside doing chores Monday afternoon, said he noticed a few police cars in the area, but nothing struck him as out of the ordinary.

Police responded to the scene along Frederick Road June 10 after receiving a call from a bicyclist about a body in the woods, according to a release from the police.

Police said Balogun was dead at the scene and they took her body to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where an autopsy was performed Monday, the release stated.

Though the body had no visible signs of trauma, the office determined Balogun had been murdered, according to the release.

Police had no further information as of 1:30 p.m. June 11 and asked anyone who may have observed any suspicious activity along Frederick Road in Oella late Saturday or early Sunday to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-2587.

Those contacting Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

People with information may also text a message starting with "MCS" to Metro Crime Stoppers at 274637 or email metrocrimestoppers.org.

This story has been updated.

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