Police link body found in trunk to double murder BALTIMORE COUNTY

March 13, 1993|By Staff Report

Police in Prince George's and Baltimore counties believe a man found Thursday in the trunk of a car in Greenbelt is the second victim of what is possibly a drug-related double murder.

Baltimore County police had been looking for Darwin Milburn, 20, for the past week. They wanted to question him about the slaying of his 19-year-old girlfriend, Edna Coates. She was found March 4 in the couple's Randallstown apartment, dead from several gunshots to the head.

The search ended when Mr. Milburn was found Thursday morning. He had been shot once in the head and stuffed into the trunk of his rented 1992 Ford Taurus. The car was parked on the lot of a state office building in Greenbelt, according to Prince George's County police.

While there was no indication of where Mr. Milburn was murdered, E. Jay Miller, police spokesman for Baltimore County, said "obviously the killings are related" and police from both counties are investigating. He said he had no information whether the same weapon was used in the slayings or even what caliber gun was used.

Along with Ms. Coates' body, police found the couple's 9-month-old son in the ransacked flat in the 4600 block of Debilen Circle. The boy had not been harmed.

Police said the front door of the couple's apartment had been forced open and that the slaying of Ms. Coates appeared to be drug-related. After finding her body, they broadcast a lookout and a missing-person report for Mr. Milburn. The young man's relatives told investigators he disappeared the day before Ms. Coates was found, said Mr. Miller.

City police also had been looking for Mr. Milburn. According to Agent Doug Price, a city police spokesman, officers had a warrant accusing Mr. Milburn of the Dec. 4 murder attempt of Antonio Jefferson.

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