Police: 92-Year-Old Woman Died from Asphyxiation; Roommate Admitted to Killing Her Last Week

Julia Birch, 26. Via Montgomery County Police.

Julia Birch, 26, last week admitted to killing her roommate, 92-year-old Nancy Ann Frankel, according to Montgomery County Police (MCPD).

Frankel’s cause of death was asphyxiation, Officer Carlos Cortes, with the police department’s Public Information Division, told MyMCM in an email Tuesday. According to police, officers and fire/rescue personnel responded to a home on Spruell Drive in Kensington around 8:20 a.m. July 28 for a death investigation.

Birch told arriving officers that she killed Frankel, MCPD said, and police found Frankel in the home as well as evidence to support that statement. Birch was taken into custody and in an interview, admitted to killing Frankel and calling 911 to report her death, police said.

Birch is charged with first-degree murder, according to online case records. She is held without bond.

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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