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Headless body of woman found in Southwest Baltimore; hands, feet also missing

Two workers found a woman's dismembered body at this South Baltimore lot Monday, Baltimore police said.
Two workers found a woman's dismembered body at this South Baltimore lot Monday, Baltimore police said. (Justin Fenton)

The dismembered body of a woman was found Monday in Southwest Baltimore, police confirmed.

Two employees of a nearby company walking through the 1600 block of Morrell Park Ave., a dead-end street in the Morrell Park neighborhood, reported seeing what they believed to be a body around 10:30 a.m.

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When police arrived, they found the body under a “some type of tarp,” a spokesman said. The body was decomposing, and was missing the head, feet and hands.

Police have not been able to identify the victim yet. Because the circumstances of the death are unknown, the case is being treated as a “suspicious death.”

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Anyone with information was asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

The area where the body was found used to be overgrown, but neighbors said it was recently cleared out and a motion detector light was installed. Signs on a few homes near the end of the street warn interlopers that they are being recorded by security cameras, though no cameras appeared to be visible.

Rob Batzri, the operations manager of a sink distributor in the area, said he and his boss found the body as they were surveying the company’s property. He said it was clear that there were parts of the body missing, enough that they weren’t sure what they were looking at at first.

“It was very surprising — sort of surreal,” Batzri said. “It looked like it had been there for awhile, or someone had recently came and dropped it off.”

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A similar case occurred in July 2019, when a woman’s body was found in a shopping cart. Her head, hands and feet were missing. Her 65-year-old father, Lawrence Banks, who previously had been convicted of murdering his own son and another man, was charged and is in jail awaiting a February trial date.

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