Baltimore's 1992 murder toll rose to 66 yesterday when police found the bodies of two young women in a vacant rowhouse and that of an elderly woman in a public housing project.
Lt. Robert Stanton of the homicide unit said last night the bodies of the young women, apparently strangled, were in a vacant house in the 2500 block of Salem Ave., just off Fulton Avenue near Druid Hill Park in West Baltimore.
A man who happened to peer through a window of the rowhouse just after 4 p.m. saw the two victims and called police, Lieutenant Stanton said.
Neither woman had been identified last night.
Lieutenant Stanton said it appeared that both victims had been dead less than 24 hours. Autopsies will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death, the lieutenant said.
In another section of West Baltimore, police found the elderly woman's body in the Gilmor Homes housing project in the 1600 block of Delano Court.
Police said Louise Griffin, 70, of the address where her body was found, apparently had been stabbed by someone who broke into the low-rise public housing building. An autopsy was scheduled, police said.
They said they had no suspects or motives in any of those three slayings.
Meanwhile, police have identified two men found shot to death in Baltimore Monday.
Gordon Eugene Kirby, 21, of the 900 block of Argyle Ave., was killed just after 1 p.m. when he was shot in the left side with a 9mm handgun in a house in the 4400 block of LaPlata Ave., police said.
Detectives said Jermaine James Bishop, 20, also of the 900 block of Argyle Ave., has been charged with first-degree murder and a handgun violation. Police said Mr. Bishop told them that the victim was shot while the two were playing with the semiautomatic handgun.
A man who was shot just before 1 p.m. while in the 800 block of N. Fulton Ave. was identified as Dwight Lamie Garris, 45, of the 900 block of N. Fulton Ave., police said.
They said they had no motive or suspects in that slaying.