The woman who died Thursday after being pulled from the water off a pier in Canton has been identified as a Johns Hopkins neurology professor.

Dr. Elizabeth O'Hearn, 53, was found near the 2300 block of Boston St. in Canton. Police were called to the area about 4:45 a.m. by a witness who reported a woman floating facedown in the water, police said.


The police marine unit pulled her out and she was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8:18 a.m., according to Detective Vernon Davis, a Baltimore police spokesman. O'Hearn lived in the block where she was found, police said.

The cause of death is under investigation, and the body was to be taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy, Davis said.

Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman for the Johns Hopkins University, would say only that the university employed someone named Elizabeth O'Hearn but she did not know her job and could not confirm she was the person who died Thursday.

But Marylisa Price, an administrator with the school's neuroscience department, confirmed the connection to the student newspaper, the Johns Hopkins News-Letter, and a public records search also confirmed the link. A profile page on the website LinkedIn showed that O'Hearn had been with the hospital since 1994.

O'Hearn was a 1985 graduate of the Hopkins School of Medicine, an assistant professor of neurology and neuroscience starting in 1997, and a collaborator with Dr. Mark E. Molliver on 15 research publications.

O'Hearn's partner had been Molliver, a professor emeritus of neuroscience and neurology at Hopkins' School of Medicine. He died of complications after cardiac arrest May 10 at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 75.

While Molliver had children, he did not have any with O'Hearn, according to obituary records.


Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.