Update: Body Found in North Laurel Identified

Foul play is not suspected, police said, but an autopsy is pending.

Update, 1:25 p.m.

Howard County police have identified the body found Sunday afternoon in North Laurel as that of 49-year-old Staci Marie Watkins.

Foul play is not suspected, police said. An autopsy is pending.

Original article:

The body of a woman was found Sunday in the woods off of the 9000 block of U.S. Route 1 in North Laurel, authorities said.

According to Howard County police, a man called 911 around 4 p.m. to report that he had seen the body while walking in the woods.

Officials believe it may be that of a woman in her 40s reported missing several weeks ago by a friend.

There were no obvious signs of foul play, police said, but an investigation is ongoing.

Dana Schwartz December 10, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Correction: the "9000 block of US Route 1" is not in Laurel, but rather in Howard County, outside of the city limits.
John Davisson December 10, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Hi Dana-- Thanks for your comment. I've updated the story to refer to "North Laurel" rather than "Laurel" for specificity's sake. Best, John


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