Ne­wark woman killed in Elk­ton

Po­lice have no sus­pects in homi­cide

Newark Post - - Front Page - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ches­pub.com

A 28-year-old Ne­wark woman was shot and killed in Elk­ton, Md., ear­lier this week, po­lice said.

Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment spokesman, re­ported that Key­onna Perkins had suf­fered at least one gun­shot wound but he de­clined to spec­ify how many times she had been shot and on what part of her body, to avoid com­pro­mis­ing what he de­scribed as a “very ac­tive homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

As of late Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, the un­known gun­man or gun­men re­mained on the loose, ac­cord­ing to Zurolo.

“We were able to iden­tify the vic­tim and have made next-of-kin no­ti­fi­ca­tions,” Zurolo said, de­clin­ing to elab­o­rate on how in­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to iden­tify Perkins as the vic­tim. “Now we are try­ing to de­ter­mine who the sus­pect or sus­pects are.”

EPD of­fi­cers and de­tec­tives re­sponded to the wooded area off Glen Mary Road shortly af­ter 2 p.m. Tues­day be­cause some­one had dis­cov­ered Perkins’ body there and called au­thor­i­ties, po­lice re­ported.

“The vic­tim had not been de­ceased very long,” Zurolo said, not­ing that Perkins’ body was trans­ported to the Mary­land State Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice in Bal­ti­more for an au­topsy.

As of late Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to Zurolo, in­ves­ti­ga­tors were still try­ing to de­ter­mine if Perkins was fa­tally shot in those woods or if she was mur­dered else­where and then trans­ported to that spot.

“We be­lieve there is no threat to the pub­lic,” Zurolo said Wed­nes­day.

Be­cause of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, how­ever, Zurolo de­clined to ex­plain why in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the homi­cide is con­sid­ered an iso­lated in­ci­dent.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that can help in this mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion is urged to call 911 or EPD Det. Joshua Lef­few at 410- 3984200 ext. 40.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO BY BRAD KRONER

An of­fi­cer walks down a cor­doned off Elk­ton, Md., street on Tues­day, af­ter the body of a mur­der vic­tim was found in the nearby woods. On Wed­nes­day, in­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Key­onna Perkins, 28, of Ne­wark.

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