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2003 Suspicious Homicide Victim Now Identified

Victim is from Lynn, Massachusetts

(Harford County, MD) — Harford County Sheriff’s deputies investigating the September 14, 2003 homicide of a female found along side the roadway in the 1400 block of Stepney Road, Aberdeen, Maryland, have now identified the victim. Tina Louise Leone, 39, of Lynn Massachusetts was identified through fingerprint comparisons today that positively confirmed her identity.

Leone, who had a last known address of 81 Marion St. Lynn, Massachusetts was reported missing by her family in March 2004. Leone was known to come and go and it wasn’t until after she had not spoken to her family for a while that they were encouraged to report her missing to the police.

During the past 18 months Harford County Sheriff’s detectives exhausted every resource in trying to identify Leone, said Detective Tom Bradley, the lead investigator. We sent lookouts and teletypes to police agencies, and Federal law enforcement agencies, issued news releases and searched missing person databases for anyone who resembled her. “Leone also had several distinctive tattoos, which we thought might help identify her,” Bradley said, “but after months of trying our leads were exhausted.” Bradley said a break in the case came when detectives contacted the DOE Network, a volunteer organization devoted to assisting law enforcement in solving cold cases concerning unexplained disappearances and unidentified victims from North America, Australia and Europe. The DOE Network offered their assistance and was provided the information about our case, which they posted on their web site. Bradley explained, during the past week we were contacted by the Network who suggested we look at a missing person from Lynn Massachusetts who closely resembled Ms. Leone. After viewing Ms. Leone’s picture on the Lynn Massachusetts web site police believed they may have a match and requested fingerprints of Leone for comparison. Fingerprint experts from the Sheriff’s Office examined her prints today and confirmed her identity.

Leone was found at approximately 7:00am on September 14, 2003, in a wooded area along the roadway by a motorist passing through the area of the 1400 block of Stepney Road between Aldino-Stepney Road and Carsins Run Road in Aberdeen.

Investigation revealed the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to her face and head.

Police will now continue their investigation and ask that anyone having information in this case to call Detective Tom Bradley the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 410-836-5431 or Detective Thomas Walsh at 410-836-5408. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Sources:

DOE Networkwww.doenetwork.us
Lynn Massachusetts Police Departmentwww.lynnpolice.org

Press Release

January 18, 2005

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