Police in suburban Maryland are investigating the apparently unrelated slayings of two women who were found yesterday near joggers' paths within 10 miles of each other.
One woman, presumed by her husband to have gone for a late afternoon run on Wednesday, was found slain about 10 a.m. in a wooded area in Montgomery County's Northwest Branch Park. The body of the second woman, who was still unidentified late yesterday, was found by a jogger off a quiet walkway near Laurel around 5:30 a.m.
Nancy Elizabeth Finch, a 32-year-old Beltsville woman, left her home in the 11300 block of Cherry Hill Road sometime before 7 p.m. Wednesday. When her husband Edwin came home from work he assumed she was out jogging despite his warnings to her that it might be unsafe. Mrs. Finch often ran in the park in the evenings, wearing a blue warm-up suit when the nights got cold, police said.
Police, whom Finch called later that evening, searched the area, and about 1:30 a.m. yesterday found Mrs. Finch's car and dog in a parking lot in the 8400 block of Riggs Road. Her purse was found locked in the car trunk.
Around 10 a.m. a police dog led searchers to the woman's body in a wooded area at a dead end of Oakview Drive a mile north of the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Piney Branch Road just over the Montgomery County line.
The body was nude, police said, and bore a single knife wound. Montgomery police would not elaborate on the cause of death.
The body of the unidentified woman, estimated to be in her early 20s, was partially clothed when found by an early morning jogger on a walkway near Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in the Prince George's County portion of Laurel, police said.
Prince George's police said an autopsy disclosed that the woman died about midnight Wednesday, but they declined to disclose the cause of death.
Police said they had no suspects in either slaying.