Police probing deaths of couple Police suspect murder-suicide in Harford case.

December 13, 1991|By Bruce Reid | Bruce Reid,Evening Sun Staff

State Police today were continuing to investigate the strangulation of a Harford Community College administrator and the apparent suicide of her husband.

Police identified the couple as Theresa Deanne Daugherty and John N. Daugherty, both 40, of the 2500 block of Palmer View Drive in Churchville, Harford County. The husband had reported finding his wife dead in the couple's bathroom late Tuesday.

Investigators said an autopsy revealed that the wife, known to co-workers as Deanne, had been strangled.

About noon yesterday, investigators returned to the home to question the husband a second time. In the garage, they found him dead in a car with the motor running.

John Daugherty was a data base administrator for the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

Preliminary results of an autopsy show that the husband died of carbon monoxide poisoning, Chuck Jackson, a State Police spokesman, said today. While police have not yet determined who killed the wife, he added, "we've got no reason to believe there was any other person [than the husband] involved."

Jackson said the husband did not leave a suicide note and that investigators did not know of a motive for the wife's death.

Jackson said the wife had bruises and cuts on her face and head, indicating a "rather violent" struggle.

Co-workers of Deanne Daugherty, who was director of records and registration at the college, said she was a meticulous manager and an amiable person who showed no signs of turmoil in her personal life.

"Most of us always thought that she had a very happy home life," said Frances M. Turcott, director of community relations at the college.

Deanne Daugherty had been at the college for 17 1/2 years, working her way up from a clerical position. One of her duties was to organize commencement at the college.

Ed Slunt, who worked with John Daugherty in DHR's Office of Information Management, called him a congenial and jovial man who was married three years ago in Havre de Grace.

Deanne Daugherty had two daughters from a previous marriage. Her husband had two sons from a previous marriage.

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