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    MD - Heather Porter, 13, Woodlawn, 22 Sept 1981


    Heather Porter was in ninth grade and had big dreams of becoming an artist someday. Instead, she was strangled and left in a wooded area of Towson...

    Detectives hope new publicity will generate new leads. Heather's sister, Mary, hopes it will bring closure. Since her sister's murder, her parents and only brother have died...

    Heather was last seen alive the evening of September 22, 1981 in the area of her home on Hazel Avenue in Woodlawn.

    On September 23, 1981 at 6:48 a.m., the body of 13 year old Heather Ann Porter was recovered near the intersection of Ridgewood Road and Goucher Boulevard in Precinct 6 Towson. An autopsy was performed on her and her death was ruled a homicide.

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    Baltimore, MD
    8 1/2-hour gap a problem in death probe - The Baltimore Sun, Sept. 25, 1981

    Did she hitchhike? Or did she get a ride with a friend? And what did she do in the 8 1/2 hours between the time she left her Lansdowne house after an argument and when a man walking his dog found her body near a Towson road?

    Those were the prime lines for questioning yesterday by members of the Baltimore county police homicide unit assigned to investigate the mysterious death of Heather Ann Porter, 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Porter, of Hazel avenue in Lansdowne.

    The first of those questions -- did she hitchhike? -- could complicate the investigation into who killed her, police spokesman E. Jay Miller said.

    "If she hitchhiked and the driver was her assailant," he said, "We've got a real problem. It could have been anybody that time of night."

    But Mr. Miller did not rule out the possibility that Heather had been transported by a friend or acquaintance. He would say little else about the police investigation.

    Police said after Heather's body was discovered that they believed she had been strangled, a fact confirmed yesterday by a state medical examiner who also ruled that the death was a homicide.

    Heather was last seen alive -- except by her assailant -- about 10:30pm Tuesday by her mother, police said. At that time, the girl was leaving her Lansdowne house.

    Her body, carrying no identification, was found behind some bushes about 7am Wednesday, police said, by a man walking his dog at Ridgewood road near Goucher boulevard.

    Heather's identity remained a mystery Wednesday until a girl friend, who had seen a televised report of the crime, called police and said the victim might have been her friend.

    Police said Heather's father subsequently identified his daughter's body.

    She had shoulder-length reddish brown hair, was about 5 feet 3 inches tall, and was wearing olive pants and a light blue, striped pullover. She also had on a silver necklace with a metallic marijuana leaf, police said.

    The victim was a daytime student at the Good Shepherd Center in Halethorpe, which the Catholic Sisters of the Good Shepherd operates for teenage girls with behavioral problems. She had transferred to the school, which has some resident students, last year.

    Zita Kiratli, the center's admissions director, said yesterday that the school's staff and students "are very distressed" over Heather's murder.

    Mr. and Mrs. Porter were unavailable for comment yesterday, but neighbors said the Porter family was relatively new to the Lansdowne neighborhood.

    "We were shocked," said Mrs. William J. Schemer, a next-door neighbor. "All summer long, we'd see the girl in the backyard playing -- and now this. It's a shame, just a shame, what happens nowadays."

    (Accessed through the Baltimore Sun Online Archive at Enoch Pratt Free Library)
    Last edited by tenderwarrior; 04-04-2017 at 07:26 PM.

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