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Woman Stabbed To Death Inside Reisterstown Housing Complex Identified

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — New information in the death of a Reisterstown property manager. Police release the woman’s name and other key details.

Monique Griego has the latest from police.

Police identified the woman as 28-year-old Melinda Schaefer. Police say she was just getting to work, when someone stabbed her to death.

A quiet Friday morning at a Reisterstown housing complex takes a horrific turn after a woman is found murdered inside the Townes of Harvest View rental office.

“This is of epic proportions in a neighborhood like this. It’s so quiet. It’s… it’s heartbreaking,” said Mareco Edwards, neighbor.

Saturday, Baltimore County Police identified the woman as 29-year-old Melinda Schaefer–the complex property manager.

“It does appear that Ms. Schaefer suffered multiple stab wounds to the upper body. We don’t know what caused the stab wounds. We continue to investigate,” said Officer Shawn Vinson, Baltimore County Police.

A custodian found Schaefer’s body just after 11:30 a.m. Friday morning. Police interviewed several witnesses and followed leads, but so far, there’s no suspect or motive in the case.

That has neighbors wondering who would do this.

“I have no idea. You wouldn’t think it out here,” said Brian Pinskey, neighbor. “It’s tough to stomach violence anywhere.”

While the murder left residents shaken, police do not believe it was a random act of violence.

“We don’t believe that there’s a person running around doing a random murder. We do believe this victim was targeted for some reason. We don’t know exactly why,” said Vinson.

Because the murder happened in such a public place, in broad daylight, police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

“Hopefully we will be able to determine what she was stabbed with and why she was victimized and to identity this suspect and successfully prosecute this person,” Pinskey said.

Again, so far there are no suspects in the case, but police are following several leads.

If you have any information that may help investigators, you’re asked to call Baltimore County Police.

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