Police discover 4 slaying victims at two locations 2 women, 2 men are discovered in separate killings

January 25, 1993|By Kris Antonelli and Richard Irwin | Kris Antonelli and Richard Irwin,Staff writers

Two women -- one of them a 75-year-old widow, the other a daughter in her 40s -- were found slain last night in a Baltimore County home, police said.

Both appeared to have been stabbed to death.

E. Jay Miller, a county police spokesman, said the older woman was found sitting dead in a living room chair with stab wounds in the upper torso. The daughter was found lying face down a few feet away on the living room floor, and had blood on the back of her clothing.

Names of the victims were not divulged pending notification of relatives, and detectives were awaiting the arrival of a medical examiner before moving the bodies and getting a more detailed look at the wounds.

According to initial accounts, a male friend of the daughter found the bodies inside the duplex home at 2816 Fifth Ave. in the Carney section at 7:55 p.m. and flagged down a police cruiser.

Both were apparently killed yesterday afternoon.

Mr. Miller said there was no sign of forced entry and the possibility that the deaths were drug related was being investigated. He would not elaborate.

It was the second multiple killing to be uncovered yesterday, following the grisly discovery by Baltimore City police of two decomposing bodies in a west side rowhouse shortly past midnight.

Police said the victims -- a man and a teen-age boy -- had been shot in the head.

The bodies were found about 12:45 a.m. in the basement of a home in the 1100 block of N. Carrollton Ave. after police received an anonymous telephone tip, authorities said.

The tip prompted a door-to-door inquiry along North Carrollton Avenue before police located the house and found the bodies of William Fortune, 38, who lived there, and Rodney Ross, 17, of the 1100 block of N. Calhoun St.

Both victims appeared to have been dead for about two days, and no gun was found, according to the police.

The youth's parents had reported him missing Friday, Sam Ringgold, Baltimore police spokesman, said.

The spokesman said detectives were looking for two other teen-agers -- boys of ages 15 and 16 -- for questioning.

The boys are suspects, Mr. Ringgold said, but investigators knew of no motive for the killings.

A man who lives in the neighborhood said detectives first came to his home Friday night, saying they were looking for the body of a 17-year-old boy.

"It seemed like someone had gotten the addresses mixed up," said the man, who asked not to be identified. "I think they searched a couple of houses."

On Saturday night, police returned to the man's house, and he let them search his basement.

"I told them there was nothing like that here," he said.

Detectives later found the bodies in the basement in the 1100 block of N. Carrollton Ave., Mr. Ringgold said.

The neighbor said he knew Mr. Fortune as "Joe" and would see him coming and going.

He last saw his neighbor, who had apparently lived alone in the home for about 10 years, leaving his house Wednesday.

"I knew him in passing," the man said. "He was popular. He had many visitors, but no one around here has seen him in the last couple of days."

Many of the residents said they had not noticed anything unusual in the neighborhood during the past few days.

"In this neighborhood, when you hear gunshots, you don't pay too much attention to it," said the neighbor. "You just hope it doesn't get to you."

Residents said they were shocked when they heard of the discovery.

"It's sad," said one woman who has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years and also asked not to be named.

"I had no idea. I haven't seen a thing. But so much of that goes on in the city."

Melvin Smith, who has lived in the neighborhood for 45 years, said he thought Mr. Fortune rented the home.

He described the neighborhood as being full of suspicious characters, loiterers and troublemakers.

"It doesn't seem like there is much the police can do about it," he said.

"When I first moved here, it was one of the nicest blocks in Baltimore."

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