Thursday, January 10, 2008


Medical examiner's office personnel remove a body from a house

where the bodies of four young girls were found
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Washington D.C. Police Question Woman About 4 Dead Girls Found in Home
Thursday, January 10, 2008

WASHINGTON — When Larry Jones noticed a foul odor coming through a vent in his apartment, he chalked it up to dead mice and spoke to his landlord.

It wasn't until Wednesday, when U.S. Marshals delivered an eviction notice next door, that Jones learned the real source of the stench: the decomposing bodies of four young people.

Investigators believe the bodies had been there at least two weeks, but it was unclear exactly how and when the victims died, police Chief Cathy Lanier said.

A woman who answered the door was taken into custody for questioning. "She was apparently calm throughout," U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Cole Barnhart said.

Police said it was unclear whether the woman was related to the victims, believed to be girls ranging in age from 5 to 18.

Mayor Adrian Fenty said the condition of the bodies made it difficult to identify them. "It is going to take scientific tests run by the chief medical examiner's office," he said.
Whether the deaths were homicides has yet to be determined.

The bodies were found upstairs in the southeast Washington apartment, part of a block of virtually identical apartment houses near Bolling Air Force Base in one of the city's poorest areas, authorities said.

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