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Dismembered Body ID’d As That Of Woman With Record Of Prostitution

March 9, 1988 GMT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Police on Wednesday identified a murder victim whose dismembered body was found in a freezer as a woman with a record of prostitution arrests.

The body of Kimberly Hanlon, 30, a native of East Liverpool, Ohio, was discovered Sunday by two teen-agers, police said. It was not known when she died, said detective Maj. Tom dePolis.

Identification was made Tuesday afternoon based on fingerprints from the woman’s arrest record, which included several prostitution-related charges, dePolis said. The last arrest was in August 1983, he said.

Ms. Hanlon was last seen alive in early 1984 by a sister who lives in north Tampa, dePolis said. The sister told police she reported Ms. Hanlon missing in April 1984, dePolis said, but police have been unable to find such a report.

DePolis said Ms. Hanlon was dead when her body was dismembered and placed in the freezer at the home of James Warren Bailey, who has been charged by police with first-degree murder. Assistant State Attorney Michael Benito said the state will seek a murder indictment when the grand jury meets next week.

Bailey was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bond.

Homicide Capt. Buzz Sawyer said police don’t know exactly when the woman was killed, but it apparently was between early 1984 and mid-1985, when James Jr., 18, son of the suspect, said he first saw the body in the freezer but told no one about it.

Two teen-agers, the daughter of the suspect and a son of the suspect’s girlfriend, ignored admonishments to stay away from the locked freezer on their back porch and pried it open Sunday. They notified police.

DePolis said the cause of Ms. Hanlon’s death was being withheld because of the investigation.

While Bailey remains the prime suspect, dePolis said, ″we’re not positive who caused her death.″