Lighthizer's son, 23, found dead He left no note, police say

February 18, 1993|By Staff Report

The 23-year-old son of Maryland Transportation Secretary O. James Lighthizer was found dead of an apparent suicide yesterday in a section of Gunpowder Falls State Park by a state trooper.

Robert Francis Lighthizer, a resident of the 1700 block of Mount Washington Court in Baltimore, was found about noon yesterday inside a 1987 Chevrolet Corsica on Bunker Hill Road, said Baltimore County police spokesman E. Jay Miller. The road is a dead-end that runs west from the rear of Hereford High School.

Mr. Miller said a hose was connected to the car's exhaust pipe and had been inserted in a window.

Towels were placed around the window opening, apparently to seal the car.

"We're treating it as suspicious and an apparent suicide," Mr. Miller said.

Baltimore County homicide detectives found no suicide note and knew of no reason why Mr. Lighthizer might commit suicide, Mr. Miller said.

Police were awaiting the results of an autopsy by the state medical examiner's office, said Mr. Miller. Detectives also planned to interview Mr. Lighthizer's roommate.

The Lighthizer family was notified of Robert Lighthizer's death about 4 p.m. yesterday.

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