A 70-year-old Towson woman was found bludgeoned to death in her car early yesterday morning in a slaying that stunned her quiet apartment community.
Baltimore County police said Eileen Gorman Wishart of the 8400 block of Charles Valley Court was found about 2:30 a.m. She was slumped over in the front seat of her 1981 Malibu in an industrial park in the 1300 block of Bellona Avenue, about a half mile from her home.
"It's very shocking, to say the least," said Bernard Goeller, wholives in the apartment below Mrs. Wishart's.
Police said Mrs. Wishart's daughter had reported her missing about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday. Mrs. Wishart went grocery shopping in the afternoon and never returned, and officers looked for her throughout the evening.
When a police officer found Mrs. Wishart's body at 2:30 a.m., she was fully clothed and her purse was in the car, police said. She had been struck in the head several times.
Police said it did not appear that Mrs. Wishart was robbed or sexually assaulted, and they are looking for other motives. They suspect that she may have known her attacker.
A wreath of dried flowers and a yellow ribbon decorated Mrs. Wishart's door yesterday in the quiet Charlesgate Apartments off Charles Street in Towson.
Neighbors said she was quiet and polite, but kept to herself. She had resided in the well-tended complex, where most of the tenants are retired professionals, for about 18 years, one neighbor said.
Neighbors said the apartment complex normally is quiet. Several weeks ago, however, one woman was robbed of her purse at gunpoint, neighbors said.
Saul and Marilyn Katzen, who lived above Mrs. Wishart, described her as a very quiet woman. Her grandson or nephew, whose name they didn't know, was living with her while attending Towson State University, they said.
Mrs. Katzen said Mrs. Wishart had been a volunteer at the Cockeysville library.