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Police investigating after woman's body found in Northwest Baltimore trash can

Baltimore Police are investigating the discovery of a woman’s body wrapped in a blanket in a trash can outside a vacant home in Northwest Baltimore on Thursday, police said Friday.

Police were called to the 5400 block of Jonquil Ave., in the city’s Arlington neighborhood, about 8:30 a.m. after a trash collector emptied one of the city’s green trash cans into his truck and noticed the fully clothed body wrapped in the blanket, said Det. Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

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The home where the trash can was located is vacant and “often used by transients and [drug] addicts,” Moses said.

There were no signs of trauma on the woman’s body, and a cause of death has not been determined, Moses said. Police are still awaiting the result of an autopsy by the office of the chief medical examiner, he said.

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Still, the nature of the body being wrapped and placed in a trash can has spurred homicide detectives to begin an investigation, Moses said.

The woman was not identified.

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