TSU student missing since Thursday BALTIMORE COUNTY


The disappearance of an 18-year-old Towson State University student has prompted a search by Baltimore County and campus police, while students last night held a candlelight vigil for the missing girl.

Charonda Parker, a freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y., was last seen Thursday morning as she was apparently preparing for another day of classes. But Ms. Parker didn't attend class Thursday and she hasn't been seen since.

TSU students were off from school Friday because of the snowstorm. Ms. Parker's roommate, Kim Adams, reported her missing Friday.

"Her friends say it would just be out of character for her to leave and not tell anyone," said Kathy Williams, director of University Relations for Towson State.

Police have no evidence of foul play, said Ms. Williams, but have not ruled out the possibility.

Ms. Williams said campus police are working with county police to try to find Ms. Parker. They were distributing fliers with the girl's picture around campus yesterday.

Meanwhile, members of the Black Student Union staged a candlelight vigil outside the student union on campus last night.

The missing woman's roommate, Kim Adams, said yesterday that she didn't know Ms. Parker very well, but since they became roommates this semester, she would always leave a note or tell Ms. Adams where she was going.

"I haven't seen her since Thursday morning," Ms. Adams said. "If she would have went somewhere over night, she would have told me, or she would have left a note."

Police searched Ms. Parker's room, looking for clues to her disappearance. They discovered a missing canvas bag, but noted that the young woman's school books, winter coat and suitcases were still in the room. Police also said her toothbrush and other toiletries were in the room.

Ms. Parker is described as about 5 feet 4 inches tall, with black, braided hair, braces and a thin build.

Anyone having information about Charonda Parker's whereabouts is asked to contact the Towson State University Police Department at (410) 830-2505.

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