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Sister Catherine Cesnik case: Police Probing Nun's Case 'Down To Ringing Doorbells'

"We're down to ringing doorbells," a detective in the city's homicide unit said yesterday when asked about the status of the puzzling disappearance last Saturday of Sister Catherine Cesnik (SSND) from her home in Southwest Baltimore.

Capt. John C. Barnold, Jr., head of the homicide unit, added however, “we are not at a dead end.”

Sister Catherine was last seen leaving the Irvington apartment she shared with her roommate, Sister Helen Russell Phillips, early Saturday night. The 26-year-old Western High School English teacher had said only that she was going to cash a check and shop for presents at a nearby shopping center, according to police reports.

Sister Catherine’s abandoned car was discovered hours later parked illegally on the street a block and a half from her apartment.

Police later determined that Sister Catherine had cashed a $255 check at a Catonsville bank early in the evening.

The Baltimore Sun is republishing archived coverage of the unsolved 1969 murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, which is the subject of a Netflix documentary series set to debut May 19. Cesnik, a 26-year-old Baltimore nun, was reported missing in November 1969 and her body was found in Lansdowne in January 1970. These stories appear as they were originally written in The Sun or The Evening Sun. 

 

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