Human Remains Of 75-Year-Old Black Woman Found In Container Outside Church

Photo: Baltimore Police

The human remains of a 75-year-old Black woman were found in a container outside of a Baltimore church just blocks away from her home.

According to WBAL TV, an autopsy report confirmed that remains found in a container placed in the yard of a church earlier this year belong to Versey Spell, 75. A medical examiner ruled the nature of her death a homicide.

Spell was initially reported missing in October 2022. Her sister, Bettea Brown, previously told WBAL TV that Spell suffered from polio and lupus and used a walker to get around. Family members went to Spell's home and found her basement door had been kicked in, Brown said. The 75-year-old's glasses and necklace were also found outside of her home.

"I am so shocked. I know the family is upset, but it's going to bring some kind of closure for them and the people in the neighborhood, because it's a mystery. Like, where did she go? We know she couldn't have gone too far. It lets you know you got to be vigilant. Although this is a nice block, there are criminals," Doris Ray, a resident, said.

The 75-year-old worked for the Baltimore Orioles as a greeter on game days.

"We are saddened to hear of the passing of long-time Orioles usher, Versey Spell," the Orioles said in a statement. "Our Orioles family sends heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. We will miss her warm welcomes at the ballpark."

No motive or suspects have been named, police said.

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