Man kills self after body found in his home


A 25-year-old Dundalk man jumped from the Key Bridge early yesterday after fleeing his house when his girlfriend called 911 to report finding a dead woman in his kitchen, Baltimore County police said.

According to police, Shane M. Foster of the 3200 block of McShane Way appeared distraught when his girlfriend arrived at his house early yesterday. He told her that he believed he had hurt someone, police said.

Foster's girlfriend, whom police did not identify yesterday, entered his kitchen and found the body of a woman who was later identified as Ashley Davis, 18, of the 8000 block of Del Haven Road in Dundalk, police said. Davis died of head injuries, police said.

As Foster's girlfriend used her cell phone to call police about 5 a.m., Foster fled in his black 1996 Chrysler Sebring, police said. Maryland Transportation Authority Police received a report at 5:15 a.m. of an abandoned car in a southbound lane of the Key Bridge. Within minutes, officers found Foster's car, parked and running, at the middle of the bridge and called county officers. They closed the southbound lanes until 8 a.m.

About 11 a.m., a father and son on personal watercraft discovered a body floating in the Patapsco River, said Cpl. Gregory Prioleau, spokesman for the transportation authority police.

The Baltimore Police Department marine unit retrieved the body and took it to shore at Fort Armistead Park, officials said. The body was identified as Foster yesterday afternoon, Prioleau said. County officials said Maryland State Police and the Coast Guard assisted in the search for Foster's body.

Property records show that Foster bought his McShane Way house in March of last year. Police were investigating yesterday Davis' death and her connection to Foster.

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