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December 19, 2010

Body found wrapped in plastic is woman who was reported missing

A woman whose body was found wrapped in plastic has been identified as a 42-year-old who had been reported missing Wednesday. She was found in her own home, police said.

Police responded to the 1800 block of 29th St. Saturday afternoon for a report of a body wrapped in a tarp. Detective Kevin Brown, a city police spokesman, said a relative found the body in the basement and called police.

Brown said the victim, Karen Ferrell, had been reported missing Dec. 15. A cause of death had not been confirmed pending an autopsy, and no suspects or motives were available.

Ferrell lived in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore. According to her Facebook page, she was a graduate of Baltimore City College and Morgan State University.

In the "about me" section, she writes simply, "Im a great person to be around."

[Picture at right from Facebook]

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Categories: Northeast Baltimore

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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