2003 Suspicious Homicide - Victim Identified
Two years later police are still searching for leads
(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 identified the victim and are still searching for clues to her murder. In January 2005, Tina Louise Leone, 39, of Lynn Massachusetts was identified through fingerprint comparisons that positively confirmed her identity. Although police have traveled to several states to follow up on leads they still do not have the information they need to positively identify Leone’s killer.
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 two years Harford County Sheriff’s detectives exhausted every resource in trying to identify Leone,” said Detective Tom Bradley, the lead investigator. “We’ve 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,” Bradley said. “Leone also had several distinctive tattoos, which we thought might help identify her,” he said, “but after months of trying our leads were exhausted.” Bradley said identifying Leone gave detectives a big break in the case. That break came, Bradley explained, 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 the case, which they posted on their web site. Bradley said, in early January Sheriff’s detectives were contacted by the Network who suggested they 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 had a match and requested fingerprints of Leone for comparison. Fingerprint experts from the Sheriff’s Office examined her prints and confirmed her identity.
Bradley said as police approach the two-year anniversary of her death they are hopeful that new information might come to light that can help them. “It only takes one piece of the puzzle for the whole case to come together,” Bradley said, adding, “it would not only being closure to the case but closure for Leone’s family, too.”
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 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.