Owings Mills woman found fatally stabbed Police not sure whether it's homicide, suicide, accident


Baltimore County police continued the investigation yesterday into the death of an Owings Mills woman found in her bedroom with a knife in her chest.

JoAnne Bonicker, 26, of the first block of Chins Court was found dead by her husband, Michael, 27, Thursday night, police spokesman Bill Toohey said. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Police said Bonicker may have been a homicide victim but that the possibility of an accidental stabbing or suicide had not been ruled out.

Toohey said detectives interviewed her husband twice yesterday.

"He told us he arrived home shortly before 8 p.m. and discovered his wife's body in their second-floor bedroom," Toohey said.

Police also questioned a worker who was installing drywall in the basement of the home the couple had purchased two weeks ago. Toohey would not divulge the name of the worker or his employer.

A witness told police the victim last was seen alive about 7 p.m. when she admitted the worker into the couple's home, police said.

They said the house showed no sign of forced entry, and the bedroom where the victim was found was not disturbed. Toohey would not describe the knife.

Bonicker was a legal secretary for a Baltimore law firm for nearly four years.

"JoAnne was a source of joy in the office and was beloved and respected by all of her co-workers," said John A. Moag Jr. at the firm Patton Bogg. He extended their prayers and sympathy to the woman's family.

Pub Date: 8/31/96

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