City police seek identity of Feb. homicide victim

The Baltimore Sun

Since her body was found three weeks ago, Baltimore homicide detectives have been trying to find someone who knew her.

In their files, she is still listed as "Jane Doe" -- an unidentified woman who was found dead Feb. 16 in a vacant lot in Northwest Baltimore.

But yesterday, city police released a sketch of the young woman -- based on a photograph taken of her at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore -- in hopes that someone in the Baltimore area or beyond will recognize her and call detectives.

Police officials declined to specify the cause of the woman's death, protecting that information as part of the investigation, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

The death is being investigated as a homicide, Monroe said.

Police released the sketch after contacting families of missing people who fit the description of the woman, who was found in a vacant lot in the 3400 block of Woodland Ave.

In a missing-person flier released yesterday, police described the victim as in her late teens or early 20s, 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 111 pounds, with sandy-brown hair and a slight gap in her front teeth. She was wearing blue jeans, a white leather belt, a white tank top and green-and-white Converse high-top sneakers, police said.

The woman was found shortly after 1 a.m. after witnesses flagged down a police officer and reported the body.

Police did not say whether they think she was killed where she was found.

Anyone with information about the woman can call the homicide unit at 410-396-2100, Monroe said.

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