Baltimore Co. Police Seek Help Finding Missing Russian Woman

BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) — A Russian woman set out on a trip to Baltimore, only to vanish just miles from her destination.  Kelly McPherson explains the woman was coming to town to visit relatives.

Baltimore County Police suspect foul play in the disappearance of the woman, who went missing more than two months ago.  They’re asking for help finding out what happened to her.

Police spokesman Lt. Robert McCullough said Tuesday that Yulia Pogrebenko, 54, arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Feb. 23 and rented a car to drive to a relative’s home in Catonsville. The last time she spoke to a relative, Pogrebenko said she was an hour from Baltimore. Her car was found, but she hasn’t been heard from since.  Police won’t say where the car was discovered.

“As best we can tell, she traveled down I-95 to the Baltimore area,” McCullough said.  “That’s the last place we can track her to.”

McCullough says foul play is suspected, but police are asking for the public’s help finding out what happened.

“I can’t believe it has to do with anyone here,” said Lou Allen.

“The interesting thing to me is that this happened several months ago and nobody’s mentioned it,” said Rhonda Chase.  “It just seems a little bit odd.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 410-307-2020.  A $2,000 reward is being offered.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Doug

    The Russian mob,no doubt.
    Check the Susquehanna.
    It’s becoming a popular place to dump a body.

  • pigeon

    And where in the world has this story been?

  • mike

    Pictures? That would be a nice addition when asking the public for help, don’t ya think?

    • SMH

      There is a picture in the story…………….

  • Mary

    Doug that is the first thing I thought of, The Susquehanna. Sad, that we are hearing about it now but she is an adult, so the media treats it a little different compared to when a child goes missing.

  • Sam Sokolinsky

    Would be nice to know where they found the car so people would be more on alert in that area.

  • Michael N

    i like what doug said its so true call the city in on this one work togather

  • Jane

    I agree with Sam, might help if we knew were the car was found. This smells kinda fishy to me. Maybe someone on the plan followed her. Weird, but who knows.

  • Lisa S.

    I want to know WHY police are just publicizing this now. There could have been a more successful search – now it’s so late.

    • andy

      Lisa, they were too busy looking for a Black girl.

  • Lisa S.

    Andy, I was also circulating information and praying for Phylicia Barnes – that is a heart-breaking story. But this is ridiculous to wait this long to circulate the info. I don’t think it had to be one or the other proposition. Too bad.

  • http://Wjz Kell

    Andy stfu!!!!!! Phylicia is a child azzzzz hole blk white purple wht does color have to do with it idiot

  • Bullfrog

    I agree with Keli, color doesn’t matter two females were missing, one a teenage girl (RIP) and the other a woman who like the teenager was visiting from another state/country. How terribly sad that the newspaper could not have taken turns writing the articles on each, especially since both of these ladies were not at all familiar with Maryland. The police need to give us more information if they want the public to help.


    andy you are a but ho——–if this were your family would you be saying that

  • andy

    Middle age white women & possibly even black don’t matter in Baltimore. When Ms Barnes went missing they called out everybody but the National guard. A kid? sure but a life is a life with a beating heart & next of kin. Ms Barnes got constant news print & T.V. exposure & this poor woman went unnoticed for almost three months so all of you including poon tang Kell SMD & Kiss my Irish ass.

  • Donna Wright

    Where in the world did they get this picture from? It looks like a passport photo. From family in Catonsville? She called right outside of Baltimore so she hadn’t quite gotten to it yet. That’s about White Marsh. It would help if they told where the car was found, yes. Why keep that a secret? And they should have been looking for her long before now. I bet her family was absolutely frantic.

  • galina

    Julia’s body was found in August in Cheasapeake Bay: she was a very nice lady, intelligent, noble and honest. Pray for her.

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