City police at a loss with skull, leg bone Baltimore officer finds remains at vacant house


All police have is a skull, with a bullet hole, and a leg bone. The rest of the body is missing. And after spending a day in an unsuccessful search for more human remains, investigators may never learn the person's identity.

A mystery, said Baltimore homicide Detective David Brown, "is basically what it comes down to."

A police officer called to a vacant house in the 1300 block of W. North Ave. made the strange discovery Thursday night. He was looking for a man with a gun. Instead, he found a skull -- minus teeth and jaw, but with what appeared to be a bullet hole in the side -- on the first floor. He found a leg bone in the back yard.

Police and city work crews spent the day searching the rowhouse, an old after-hours nightclub, but came up with little other than assorted trash and drug needles. Brown said he found documents, which may or may not help.

A nearby resident offered information on a missing woman. But Brown said the bones appear to be those of a white male.

Detectives also searched other vacant houses but came up empty.

"We had city crews working and digging and tearing stuff up," Brown said. "I have a feeling that the remains were carried there by a dog. From what location, who knows?"

Pub Date: 9/28/96

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