The FBI’s Baltimore Field Office is working to determine the identity of a woman whose dismembered body was found over the weekend at Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont.

Authorities on Wednesday said they responded to the national park — located near the presidential retreat of Camp David — Saturday afternoon after a portion of a woman’s dead body was discovered by hikers in the park.

FBI spokeswoman Joy Jiras said the hikers discovered a detached foot in a remote area of the woods — well off any established paths. Jiras said “most” of the rest of the deceased’s body was located less than 100 yards away, though another foot and hand were missing as of Wednesday.

“We are not ruling anything out at this time,” Jiras said.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy, which should be completed in the next few days, she said.

The deceased had long, dark hair with braids and was wearing a black track suit, wrist guard and red Nike shoes, authorities said. She was found with a Puma handbag and a set of keys containing an El Salvador key chain. Authorities could not provide an age range for the woman.

Jiras said the discovery “creates some suspicion” given there have not been any reports of missing people in the park, and there have been no reports of abandoned vehicles nearby.

Jiras said it’s unclear how long the body was there, though it was likely between one month and six months. She could not say whether they believe the dismembered limbs were from foul play or decomposition.

The spokeswoman said she was not aware of any nearby surveillance cameras.

Anyone with information that could lead to identifying the woman is encouraged to call the FBI’s tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-255-5324). Tips can also be submitted online at

Trevor Baratko is the news editor at The Frederick News-Post.

Trevor Baratko is the news editor for the Frederick News-Post. Follow him on Twitter at @TrevorBaratko.

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My guess is that people who wanted her dead followed her to the park. Also, I get so tired of watching immature people on this venue have a food fight in the midst of a tragedy.


Agreed. I emailed Geordie and mentioned this back about 2 months ago.

She is someone’s daughter. Maybe someone’s mother. Someone’s sibling.


For those who apparently couldn't find the another website or chose not to, here is one link:

In that article they describe "...She was also found with a Puma handbag and a set of keys, containing an El Salvador keychain, authorities said...." and if that is not good enough, the following provides even more information:


I wish the violence would end.

I wouldn’t be surprised if MS-13 is behind this


More information is being described on another news website.


That's not surprising, sue. Not surprising at all. [thumbup]


And yet, here you are…


So what duffy? What's your point other than to troll again? You know, I've yet to see you post a comment that contributes to a conversation, and doesn't include one of your usual cheap shots.


CD; what is Sue's point but to troll again?


Ok shift, how is someone simply mentioning that another news source is offering more information than here is trolling? She didn't say anything negative about the FNP, she didn't say anything critical of it. She just said that someone else had more details of the story, that's all. And, as the writer, it's her prerogative whether or not she wants to cite who it is that has that additional information. Quite often there have been other media who have had more information on stories than is published here. Why? You tell me.

Now, you might think my reply to duffy5x was trolling also, but it was written in the spirit that he very, very rarely writes anything more than cheap, critical shots directed at people whom he doesn't like, myself in particular. Again, why? Again, you tell me.


But what was the point, CD? I mean, if Sue wanted to be helpful she would post a link to the place with more information so people could learn. Nope, she was just being a passive-aggressive troll.


C.D., there is no "add reply" to your comments today, so I'm responding to yesterday's statement. THANK YOU for defending my comment. My comment was not trolling which you analyzed truthfully. You fully understood that my brief comment was simply stating that more information was available elsewhere. How anybody could think I was trolling is nonsense. Ridiculous. Thanks, again, C.D. You are a great person.


then why not actually provide a link to the site with more information? Otherwise you are just saying "I found more information but I don't want to show it to you". Not particularly useful comment.


Thank you for your kind words, sue. I can't believe anyone would think you a troll, but some post before they think.


A picture of her purse is on the Frederick reddit page, if this happened only 2 months ago I suggest everyone go take a peek and see if they recognize it :(


Disregard my other comment, I forgot it was a link to a different website that had the photos, not on Reddit itself. Also, the picture of the purse is gone.


Sue 1955, What news website are you referring to? What isn’t in this article that’s in any other online note reporting on the tragedy?

Greg F

It's the typical baiters just wanting to justify their existence by stirring things up. Must be too warm under their bridges again so they needed to crawl out for awhile.


And a comment like this of yours is not trolling? [lol][lol][lol][lol][lol]

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