Girl's death still being reviewed Student was found in pool of blood HARFORD COUNTY


Three months have passed and authorities say they are still reviewing investigators' reports into the death of 16-year-old Nita Milak.

The popular junior at John Carroll School in Bel Air was found Nov. 25 on a remote stretch of Wilkinson Road in Level, face down in a pool of blood on the roadway. Police at first thought she was a victim in a traffic accident but quickly labeled the death as "suspicious."

The victim's 1990 Jeep Wagoneer was about 60 feet away from where she was found, backed up against a tree. The keys were in the ignition, and the engine was not running, investigators said.

Assistant State's Attorney Jay E. Robinson won't say if the case was an accidental death or homicide. He said he has reviewed all reports from the sheriff's office, state police and the medical examiner's office.

"The investigation is still open and I can't say any more than that," Mr. Robinson said Monday.

Neither Dr. J. Laron Locke, pathologist from the medical examiner's office, nor Dr. Louis C. Portis, director of the state police crime lab where Miss Milak's vehicle was taken for examination, would comment on the case.

Deputy 1st Class DeWayne Curry, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said all investigators' reports on the Nita Milak case had been turned over to the Harford state's attorney's office. "Unless requested for additional assistance, we've completed our portion of the investigation," Deputy Curry said.

Dr. John Smialek, the state's chief medical examiner, earlier confirmed that the victim was not raped. He also indicated that no drugs or alcohol were found in the victim's blood.

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