Westminster police said they have recovered the 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo believed to have been taken during the stabbing and beating of a 56-year-old Westminster woman at the Carroll Community College annex Tuesday morning.
The woman remained in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday in fair condition.
Police are searching for Charles Bernard "Slickduck" Thomas Jr., 48, who formerly lived at the same address as the woman on Charles Street on charges of attempted murder and other offenses.
Lt. Dean Brewer said the vehicle was found on Watersville Road, about one-half mile off Route 27 in Mount Airy about midnight Tuesday.
The car was not damaged and was not out of gasoline, indicating it was left on the roadside to be found, police said.
Mr. Thomas is believed to have relatives in Frederick, Montgomery and Howard counties and Pennsylvania, Lieutenant Brewer said.
Law enforcement officers in those jurisdictions have been notified that he is being sought.
The FBI was also notified.
The woman, a custodial worker at the college annex in the 300 block of S. Center St., was found at 6:50 a.m. by Wallace Brown Jr., an employee at the college, when he entered the unlocked building and heard her crying for help.
Authorities said the woman was stabbed in the left chest, beaten about the face and head and pushed down a flight of steps.
Police said the employee discovered a blood-stained carpet, blood on the radiator in the hallway, and a 5-inch broken knife blade after hearing the woman's cries.
Officers said the man and the woman were known to them from another incident this year.
In January, the woman reported she was choked and kidnapped by a man and taken to the home of one of his relatives in Harrisburg, Pa. He tried to rape her during the trip, she told city police.
The man was returned to Carroll County on March 17 and charged with kidnapping and related counts and held on $30,000 bond.
Carroll District Court records show that he was released March 20 on $5,000 unsecured bond after a bail review hearing before Judge Donald M. Smith.
Lieutenant Brewer applied for a warrant Tuesday charging Mr. Thomas with attempted murder, two counts of maiming, stalking, a deadly weapon count, battery and theft of the woman's auto.