- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Prince George’s County police are investigating a possible homicide after a Maryland road-cleanup crew found the body of a young woman near a guardrail at U.S. Route 50 and Kenilworth Avenue.

“We are not sure if it is a homicide, but there was a great deal of trauma,” said police spokeswoman Cpl. Kim Brown yesterday afternoon as the body was transported to Baltimore for an autopsy.

The victim was described as a “light-skinned” black or Hispanic girl in her mid- or late-teenage years with dark, shoulder-length hair. She was wearing a black top, blue jeans and black tennis shoes. On one wrist was a Mickey Mouse watch.

“She was not wearing a coat,” said Cpl. Brown while pulling on her own uniform jacket at the scene, where the temperature was about 38 degrees.

The lack of a coat suggested that the young woman fell or was thrown to the location in Anacostia River Park sometime before temperatures dropped overnight.

The girl was found about 9:30 a.m. by a state highway crew on the exit from U.S. Route 50 to Kenilworth, or Interstate 295, just outside the D.C. border.

“I had just brought them out here to pick up trash,” said crewman Paul Vaughn. “She was laying with her head down.”

He was referring to a steep grassy slope into a gully, indicating the girl fell headfirst down the slope. An old, abandoned green sedan lay among trees about 30 yards away.

The crew called police and other highway crews to block the exit, slowing eastbound U.S. Route 50 traffic for seven hours.

Mr. Vaughn said the top that the girl was wearing looked like nightclub-style attire. He and police confirmed that there was no purse or other identification with or near the body.

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