Howard County Police Investigate Body (Updated Dec. 9)

Police believe it may belong to a woman reported missing several weeks ago.

Police have identified the body of a woman found Sunday in the woods off of the 9000 block of U.S. Route 1 in Laurel.

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 Monday said the body was identified as Staci Marie Watkins, 49, of no fixed address.  

Police said in a statement that no foul play is suspected; the cause and manner of death are pending autopsy. The investigation is ongoing.


This story has been updated to include the identity of the woman found.

number9dream December 10, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I heard she was homeless.
Brandie Jefferson December 10, 2012 at 06:02 PM
You heard correctly. You've got so share your sources with us ... The story has been updated.
number9dream December 10, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I heard it on WTMD driving to work this morning.
number9dream December 10, 2012 at 06:18 PM
It's truly an enigma to have homeless people living in one of the most affluent areas of the world.
MG42 December 10, 2012 at 07:23 PM
How many have you invited into your home?
number9dream December 10, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I don't know if I've invited any.
Joe December 10, 2012 at 09:53 PM
H.R, I remember a long time ago in Catonsville, a nice older couple befriended a young man who needed some help. They invited him to Thanksgiving dinner with the family. they all ate and when everyone went home, the young man murdered both the man and woman and robbed them. Lesson learned.
Nick Nichols December 11, 2012 at 01:37 PM
In Ellicott City a homeless man whose brother lived on the church property killed two church ladies then himslef...remember? You dont invite them into any home. You give to reputable shelters and hope they take their meds and dont shoot the place up.
Christine T. December 12, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Wake up people. It could happen to any of us. I've lived in Ellicott City my whole life & seen it happen to more successful people than you could imagine. Don't move here thinking we live in Fairytail Land.
melanie cole December 13, 2012 at 01:18 PM
She was not homeless I knew her personally
melanie cole December 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Rip staving u will be missed...she was not homeless no your sources before saying false info


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