Woman, 32, is found slain in car Victim had been bound and gagged


Baltimore County police were searching for leads in the death of a 32-year-old Baltimore woman whose bound and gagged body was discovered yesterday in the back seat of her car on Park Heights Avenue north of the Green Spring Valley.

The dead woman was identified as Yvette Ann Herndon of the 3100 block of W. Belvedere Ave. Family members had reported her missing to city police.

Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a county police spokesman, said a resident of the area spotted the woman's fully clothed body about 10:25 a.m. in the back seat of her Hyundai automobile, parked on the shoulder of Park Heights Avenue just north of Caves Road.

Police said they believe the woman was shot in the head.

The car was put on a flatbed truck -- with Ms. Herndon's body still inside -- and driven with a police escort to the county police headquarters in Towson. After removal from the car, the body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore.

Sergeant Doarnberger said that Ms. Herndon had recently separated from her boyfriend but that police had not identified a motive or suspects.

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