Westminster police said they recovered the 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo believed taken during the stabbing and beating of a 56-year-old Westminster woman at the Carroll Community College annex Tuesday morning.
The victim 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.
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.
The suspect 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 of the wanted man.
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 the victim's cries for help.
Authorities said the victim 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 victim's cries.
Officers said the suspect 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.
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 victim's auto.