Clues found in slaying of Morgan State student

July 20, 1993|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,Staff Writer

Baltimore County police yesterday circulated a videotape and sketch of a man who tried to use murdered Morgan State University student Lyndon Reese Turner's bank card at an inner-city gas station Thursday afternoon.

A surveillance camera photographed the man when he entered the station, in the 500 block of W. Mulberry St., after the MOST card would not activate the gas pump, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman. The artist's sketch was made from the videotape.

The card company flagged the card after it was used at several ATM machines and gas stations in the Baltimore area late Tuesday, soon after Mr. Turner disappeared, and on Wednesday. A bank ATM machine confiscated the card Thursday afternoon, the sergeant said.

Cameras on the ATM machines photographed the pertinent transactions but the individuals in the pictures covered their faces, he said.

The man at the Mulberry Street gas station was black, in his 30s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, thin build, with a mustache and wearing a dark baseball cap. A second man, in the background and whose face was not seen clearly, was a black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, of medium build, wearing a GUESS sweat shirt and shorts.

Mr. Turner's MOST card was used to withdraw money from the Signet Bank branch at North and Linden avenues Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

It was also used Wednesday at an ATM machine at University Hospital, at a gas station in Ellicott City and at the Mulberry Street gas station.

By the time the man returned to Mulberry Street at 2:10 p.m. Thursday, the card had been voided. Someone then tried to use the card again at the University Hospital ATM, but the machine confiscated the card.

Sergeant Doarnberger said investigators theorize that with their financial avenue closed, the men decided to drive to New York and abandon the 1993 BMW that Mr. Turner had been driving when he disappeared.

A boy taking out garbage found Mr. Turner's body in a trash container at the Northbrook Apartments in the Hillendale section of Baltimore County about 6 a.m. Wednesday. The 24-year-old victim, whose Baltimore address was in the 1600 block of E. Northern Parkway, had been shot in the head with what police said was a small-caliber handgun.

Thursday night, the BMW was found on 165th Street in New York City's Harlem section.

The car was towed to Towson for processing by forensic experts. There was blood in the rear of the car, and it had accident damage along the right side, police said. They declined to say whether any other evidence was found in the vehicle.

Mr. Turner had borrowed the car to take his girlfriend to the movies but never contacted her and was returning the car when he disappeared, police said.

The car's owner, Marcus Peterson, a Morgan State freshman from New York City, said that Mr. Turner drove into the parking lot about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. However, by the time he got to the front door to meet his friend, Mr. Turner and the car had disappeared, Mr. Peterson said.

Mr. Turner's friends said they tried to beep him on his pager after he vanished. Police said no beeper was found on Mr. Turner's body.

Sergeant Doarnberger said police have found no indication that Mr. Turner had any drug involvement.

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