Suspects named in 2 cold cases closed by DNA evidence

Two suspects who died before they were formally charged by police but were identified through DNA evidence in separate homicide cases from the 1990s were named by the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office on Monday.

Hakim Kevin Abdullah was responsible for the death of 32-year-old Karen Delores Brown, who was found dead near the Liberty Dam on October 5, 1994, deputy state's attorney John Cox said Monday. He also identified Ronald Lee Moore as the suspect in 27-year-old Annelise Hyang Suk Lee's death. She had been found dead in her Reisterstown apartment on December 13, 1999.

The State's Attorney's Office reviewed both cases after DNA evidence linked the suspects to the cold cases, which were announced by the Baltimore County police on Friday. The department declined to name the two men, citing that both had not been formally charged.

"Deceased subjects can't be officially charged so the names remain undisclosed," police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter said.

Police said Brown's body had been found under plastic near Liberty Dam by a maintenance worker. An autopsy later determined she died of blunt force trauma and strangulation.

In October, police matched DNA evidence from the scene to Abdullah's profile in the FBI's Combined DNA Index System. Police said Abdullah had been incarcerated and detectives interviewed him, but he denied involvement in Brown's death. Abdullah died of natural causes in his cell before he could be formally charged.

In 1999 Lee had been found dead in her apartment bedroom from blunt force trauma and strangulation, police said. Her employer had called police because she did not show up for work or answer her phone.

Police reexamined evidence from the case in March 2013, and a DNA profile was developed from one of the items and matched Moore's profile.

Police said Moore was incarcerated after Lee's murder on other charges. When he was later released, he fled the state, police said. He committed suicide after being arrested on charges unrelated to Lee's death.

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