Newark woman killed in Elkton
Police have no suspects in homicide
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.
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.