Baltimore police are investigating the death of Pava LaPere, 26-year-old CEO of local technology firm EcoMap, after she was discovered dead with signs of blunt-force trauma in a Mount Vernon apartment on Monday morning.
Following a service call, officers arrived at the West Franklin Street building around 11:30 a.m. Shortly before this, a missing persons report for LaPere had been filed. Chris McNees, a resident of the building, expressed his shock to WJZ, noting the difficulty in comprehending such an incident in their building.
LaPere, a Johns Hopkins University alumnus, was recently featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in the Social Impact category. As co-founder and leader of EcoMap, she was recognized for the company’s pioneering efforts in digitizing ecosystems. In a statement, EcoMap paid tribute to LaPere’s visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to inclusive culture and societal impact.
UpSurge Baltimore, another notable tech entity in the city, also expressed their deep condolences. Labeling LaPere’s death as a significant loss for the Baltimore tech community, they highlighted her inspiring influence on many.
Authorities urge anyone with relevant information to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation. If you possess pertinent details, you’re encouraged to reach out to the police department at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
This story is still developing, with updates anticipated.