Baltimore Police canvass Roland Park neighborhood searching for evidence linked to fatal stabbing

Posted at 12:30 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 01:12:32-04

Baltimore Police canvassed a Roland Park neighborhood Monday morning after a woman was stabbed to death while walking her dogs Friday night.

Shoulder to shoulder, police academy trainees searched through woods and poison ivy looking for clues and evidence that could help identify who killed 59-year-old Molly Macauley.

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“Anything that might've been dropped, anything that may have been left. We're not sure what we're going to find today and that's why we're using resources from our police academy,” said Baltimore City Police Detective Jeremy Silbert.

A neighbor discovered Macauley’s body around 11 p.m. in the 600 block of West University Parkway.

“I mean this is unheard of in this neighborhood, and I think people are very disturbed by it,” said Brian Holmes, a Roland Park resident.

It's the first murder in Roland Park since 1998, according to police, and they said they're prepared to use extensive resources to find the killer.

“When our investigators feel that there's a need to do this type of area canvass, regardless of where the crime occurred, we're going to put the resources in that area because we owe it to the victims and we owe it to the victim's family to find the person responsible for killing their loved one,” Silbert said.

Macauley worked at a Washington, D.C. think tank, and for a time, she was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. Co-workers said she'll be greatly missed and that her contributions to the economics field will always be remembered.

“She made a huge contribution, and then she branched out from that to big contributions in other related fields,” said Bruce Hamilton, a professor of economics, at Johns Hopkins University.

Hamilton was Macauley’s co-worker, dissertation supervisor and called her a pioneer in space economics.

“Well, she created the field. Economists had not thought about problems associated with telecommunications using satellites, until she came along and said 'Yah know, this is an economic problem and if you use the tools of economics, you'll make much better use of those satellites,'” Hamilton said.

It's been a few months since they last spoke, but they had made plans to meet soon to talk politics.

“I know that whenever something like this happens we all feel like 'Oh, such a wonderful person, why did it have to happen to her?' She was. She was sweet,” Hamilton said.

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for any tips that could lead to an arrest.

If you know anything you're asked to call them at 1-866-7LOCKUP or you can text police at 443-902-4824.

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