The battered and bound body of a 22-year-old Springfield woman found Sunday in an exclusive Fairfax Country neigyborhood was identified yesterday as that of a small-town West Virginia woman who had "come to the big city" in search of a career.
Ursula A. Miltenberger, of 1840 Halleck Pl. had not been sexually assaulted, but suffered multiple stab wounds, to the upper body and had her feet and hands bound, Fairfax Country police reported.
The woman's head had been bloodied by a blow to the right temple, but police said they are not sure what type of weapon was used or the cause of death.
Miss Miltenberger was a full-time bill collector at an Alexandria credit firm and a part-time management trainee at a McDonald's restaurant in Lincolnia. She was last seen leaving the restaurant at about 2.10 a.m. Sunday according to Fairfax Capt. John W. Zelaska. Miss Miltenberger had mentioned to another worker that she might be going to party and left the restaurant alone, Zelaska said.
Miss Miltenberger's body was found by a young horseback rider at about 10 a.m. Sunday in an area of $100,000 homes on 5-acre lots near Burke police said. Police said they have no suspects and that Miss Miltenberger's clothing and other belongings were intact.
"What's unusual is there a woman this big 5 feet 9, 170 pounds, and there was no sign of a struggle," Zelaska said.
"She was a very likely, vivacious girl," said Miss Miltenberger's sister, Karen Bundy, during a telephone interview from the family's Ridgeley, W.Va., farm. "She was always on the go. She led a very active life.
"She just didn't have enemies," Mrs. Bundy said.
Miss Miltenberger is the second of the family's original 12 children to die violently, Mrs. Bundy said. Another sister died about a year ago in an automobile accident.
Miss Miltenberger, who attended church regularly and returned to the family's farm nearly every other weekend, was graduated last year from Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., with a degree in computer science, according to her sister and mother.
"There was work" near Washingotn, Mrs Bundy said, explaining why her sister did not return to the family's dairy farm and greenhouse business after college."She had talked to (job) representatives here who told her to go to the city for two or three years and then come back."
Miss Miltenberger had been an active 4-H club member and once entered the Maryland State Fair in the dress-making competition, Mrs Bundy said. She was also in the glee club at Shephered College, her mother said.
According to her Springfield neighbors, Miss Miltenberger moved into the one-story, two-bedroom brick home last April when the home's new owner decided to rent it.
Since that time several individuals have moved into and out of the house, a neighbor said.
A man answered the phone at the home yesterday said he would not comment about Miss Miltenberger.
Miss MIltenberger was employed as a bill collector at the Capital Credit Corp., at 501 S. Pickett St., Aexandria, Mrs Bundy said. Miss Miltenberger had just gotten into the McDonald's management training program and had planned to quit her job at the credit company when her contract expires next month, Mrs. Bundy said.