A 59-year-old woman who was a senior official at a Washington think-tank was fatally stabbed in Baltimore’s Roland Park neighborhood as she was walking her dogs Friday night, police said.

Officers were called to the 600 block of W. University Parkway around 11 p.m. for a report of an injured person. Police said the woman, identified as Molly K. Macauley, was outside walking her dogs when she was stabbed by an unknown assailant.

Macauley was the vice president for research and a senior fellow with Resources for the Future in Washington. She first joined the organization in 1993. She was an adjunct economics professor at Johns Hopkins University for nearly 20 years.

Kelly Burke, one of Macauley’s neighbors, described her as a private, hardworking person who adored her two dogs.

Dave Cohen, a spokesman for Resources for the Future, said the news of his colleague’s death was shocking.

“I admired her,” Cohen said. “She was just terrifically bright and as kind a person as I can hope to meet.”

Baltimore police Maj. Rich Gibson said police do not yet have a description of a suspect, and police are looking over footage from nearby security cameras and are asking residents for video if they have private cameras. Detectives were on the scene Saturday morning.

Burke said the area where Macauley was attacked has poor street lighting, adding that she avoids walking her own dogs in that area at night because it is too dark and feels unsafe.

Macauley published dozens of journal articles on science and policy and received numerous awards for her work, she also testified before Congress 10 times, according to her curriculum vitae.

Macauley graduated from The College of William & Mary in 1979 with a degree in economics. She later earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.

— The Baltimore Sun