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Unread postby Qdawg » January 30th, 2007, 1:01 am

Missing woman found dead in trunk of car
Sintia Mesa of Hyattsville was last seen alive leaving a hair salon in Randallstown
By Nick Shields
Sun Reporter
Originally published January 29, 2007

Sintia Mesa's friends and relatives spent the weekend hoping the missing woman would be found alive. Monday, her sister passed out fliers near the Randallstown beauty salon where the woman, and her car, had last been seen.

Within hours, the car, and the 25-year-old woman's body were found.

Mesa's body was discovered in the trunk of a car in the parking lot of the Park Place Garden Apartments in Northwest Baltimore, city police said.

It was unclear Monday evening where or how Mesa died, authorities said.

Mesa, a Hyattsville resident, was last seen about 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving a hair appointment at Coco Brown Beauty Salon, said Claudina Mesa, 30, one of her sisters. She said her sister routinely went to the salon.

"I was still texting her when she should have been in the salon," she said. "I was like, 'OK, when she jumps in the car she'll jump on the phone.'"

She said she grew more concerned when she learned that her sister missed a nail appoint ment an hour later, and a mandatory meeting at her job that evening. She said that her sister was a 2003 graduate of Morgan State University and was working at a salon in the Cross Keys area of Baltimore.

When Claudina Mesa hadn't heard from her sister by 9 p.m. that night, she called police, she said.

Over the weekend, Sintia Mesa's cell phone was found in a garbage bin, police said Monday. Pointing to the continuing investigation, they declined to give the location of the garbage bin.

About lunchtime Monday, Claudina Mesa and some of her friends distributed fliers near the beauty salon in Randallstown. At one point her eyes widened when she spotted a Toyota Solara almost identical in color and design to her sister's, parked in a spot near the hair salon. She eyed the car's side door, searching for a dent that she knew was on her sister's car.

"Oh God," she cried before realizing it wasn't her sister's car.

"I know she's coming home," she said.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Monday a caller told authorities that Mesa's silver 2004 Toyota Solara had been spotted in the parking lot of the Park Place Garden Apartments near the 7200 block of Brook Crest Way, officials said.

When police arrived, they opened the trunk of the car and found Sintia Mesa's body inside, said Donny Moses, a city police spokesman.

About 4 p.m. Monday a cluster of Mesa's friends huddled and wept behind yellow tape in the apartment complex's parking lot as police investigated the scene and authorities towed the car.

Kathleen Cooper fought back tears.

"The world is just a sick place, just a evil place," Cooper said. "As a Christian, I can't hate, but I hate the devil within." ... -headlines

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Unread postby Qdawg » January 30th, 2007, 5:49 pm

Feds Tracked Missing Woman's Car Before She Died
Jan 30, 2007

(WJZ) BALTIMORE, Md. "Everyone loved her, adored her," said co-worker Aqsa Naz.

And now, many people miss Sintia Mesa. The body of the 25-year-old was found in the trunk of her car Monday afternoon.

As WJZ's Adam May reports, federal investigators had a tracking device on her car before she went missing because of someone she knew.

Mesa's vehicle sat in the parking lot of a northwest Baltimore apartment complex for three days as friends and family launched their own search.

"This is the flier made from the Christmas card she gave out," Naz said.

Mesa's coworkers at Spa in Cross Keys were alarmed Friday when Mesa didn't show up for a meeting to discuss her promotion to front desk manager.

"She was like family to me," Naz said.

Mesa's sister Claudina focused her search in the Randallstown area. "I'm not gonna give up hope, but it's scary when the night falls to know she's out there by herself," she said at the time.

When that hope ended, it opened up a world of questions. Why would anyone want this Morgan State graduate dead?

"It's still very early so we don't have motives, no suspects, so I don't really want to get tied into what we think is the cause of this," said Troy Harris.

Sources say the killer may have known Mesa's routine. She disappeared after a beauty appointment in a Liberty Road shopping center, which she scheduled every week at the same time.

"I don't know how someone could do this to her. She didn't deserve this. She was innocent. I just don't understand," said Shanna Silverman, Mesa's coworker.

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Unread postby Qdawg » January 31st, 2007, 2:54 am

Victim linked to drug case
Woman found dead in car trunk was tracked by U.S. agents
By Nick Shields and Matthew Dolan
sun reporters
Originally published January 31, 2007

A woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car this week in Northwest Baltimore had been tracked by federal agents as part of a drug investigation involving her boyfriend, authorities said yesterday.

Sintia Mesa had been monitored by agents searching for Jermarl A. Jones, who is charged with conspiring to sell heroin, according to federal law enforcement officials. Jones was in Mesa's car when he was arrested Jan. 3 in North Baltimore, a deputy U.S. marshal said yesterday.

No one has been charged in Mesa's death, which police are investigating as a homicide. It was unclear whether the drug case has any connection to the killing. Nonetheless, Mark Frederick, a deputy U.S. marshal, said he has shared information on the federal case with city homicide detectives.

The investigation into Mesa's death apparently includes a review of self-storage units that police were told have been used to store money. Mesa had a storage unit in the area, her sister, Claudina Mesa, said yesterday.

Howard County police said clothing was reported stolen Saturday in a break-in at a storage facility in Laurel, but police provided few other details.

Sintia Mesa, a 25-year-old Morgan State University graduate who lived in Hyattsville but worked at a salon in Baltimore, had been last seen Friday afternoon leaving a beauty salon in Randallstown.

After Mesa failed to show up for a meeting at her job Friday evening, Claudina Mesa called police, she said.

Sintia Mesa's cell phone was found in a garbage bin, according to police, who declined to give the location of the garbage bin.

Claudina Mesa and other relatives and friends handed out fliers in the Randallstown area Monday, but that afternoon police discovered Sintia Mesa's body in the trunk of her car in a parking lot near the 7200 block of Brook Crest Way.

Police did not say yesterday how she died. She was naked when her body was found, according to a law enforcement source.

There was no indication that Sintia Mesa has been charged with any crimes.

Mesa and Jones were close, said the woman's sister, Claudina Mesa. "They loved each other," she said.

Attempts to reach Jones, 31, of Hyattsville, for comment were unsuccessful.

Jones - whose first name is variously spelled Jermarl and Jemarl in court records - was charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in 1994 and was sentenced to eight years in prison with all but three months and six days of that term suspended, according to court records.

He later received a 4 1/2 -year sentence for violation of probation in the case, records show. Details of the crime were not available yesterday.

A warrant for his arrest was issued in September 2005, and he was indicted in February of last year on charges of conspiring to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Those charges stem from the discovery in June 2002 of more than 2 kilograms of heroin - worth at least $200,000 - in a Cockeysville apartment that police came to believe was used as a "stash house," according to federal court records.

But charges against Jones' two co-defendants, Calvin Wright and Johnnie Butler, were dismissed last year after a federal judge granted the defendants' motion to suppress evidence obtained during the police search of the apartment on Breezy Tree Court in Cockeysville.

David R. Solomon, a defense attorney who represented Wright, said the judge dismissed all charges against Wright and Butler after finding that police should not have entered the apartment without a warrant before first exhausting other options.

The U.S. Marshals Service began to track Jones shortly after the criminal complaint was issued in 2005 but did not locate him until Jan. 3 of this year, according to Frederick, the lead deputy on the case.

Frederick said that Jones was in Mesa's car in the 1400 block of Roland Heights Avenue in Baltimore when he was arrested. The deputy marshal said that Mesa had been aware that authorities had been tracking her as part of their fugitive investigation.

Jones was brought into federal court Jan. 5 on the same charges. U.S. District Judge Beth P. Gesner ordered him released on his recognizance, directing that his travel be restricted to the East Coast, with advance approval from court personnel, and that he comply with a 10 p.m.-to-noon curfew, according to court records.

But Frederick said federal authorities, rather than releasing Jones, handed him over to authorities in Baltimore County, where he was named in a warrant related to a car theft charge.

That charge - filed in 2005 in Baltimore County - is pending. Jones was released to await trial, scheduled for next month in District Court in Catonsville.

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Unread postby Qdawg » February 1st, 2007, 4:12 pm

Murder Victim's Boyfriend Is In Police Custody
Feb 1, 2007 5:10 pm US/Eastern

(WJZ/AP) BALTIMORE The search is over for Jemarl Jones.

Police say Jones is in custody, after he turned himself into U.S Marshals. He was scheduled for a hearing at Federal Court this afternoon in front of Judge Blake.

As WJZ's Mike Hellgre reports, federal agents have been looking for the Hyattsville man for weeks.

Jemarl Jones, 31, was wanted on an arrest warrant for allegedly violating the conditions of his release from custody in a federal drug case. He was indicted last year for conspiring to sell heroin and was arrested Jan. 3.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark Frederick says the warrant is not connected to the homicide investigation.

The body of Jones' girlfriend, 25-year-old Baltimore salon employee Sintia Mesa, was found Monday afternoon. She had been missing since Friday. City police say she was killed by asphyxiation.

Jones is also scheduled to go to trial next month in Baltimore County on a car theft charge.

Stay with WJZ and Eyewitness News for instant updates on this developing story.

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