Young couple found killed in Parkville

December 04, 1993|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writer

Baltimore County police are reporting few clues as they investigate the slayings of a young Parkville couple whose bodies were found in the couple's apartment yesterday morning.

Maintenance workers found John Kenneth Temple, 26, and Lorrainne Audra Temple, his 22-year-old wife, in the couple's third-floor home.

The Temples lived in the Taylor Park East Apartments in the 4000 block of Marjeff Road, off the 4000 block of Taylor Ave.

Three residents called the apartment management office shortly before 10 a.m., after Mr. Temple failed to return to his car. He had started the 1980 Chevrolet Camaro about 6:30 a.m. and returned to his apartment, as was his daily routine.

Police said that workers used a key to get into the apartment, where they found Mrs. Temple on the living room floor. Her arms were bound, and she had a massive head wound.

The shaken maintenance workers returned to the management office after discovering Mrs. Temple's body and called 911.

When police arrived, they found Mr. Temple in the bedroom. He, too, had his arms tied and was dead from a head wound.

"It's bad over there, it's bad," one of the maintenance workers said after he saw the husband's body, according to an acquaintance of the couple.

The Temples had been married about two years.

Mr. Temple worked at a Jiffy Lube station in Rosedale. As police interviewed neighbors, the manager arrived because he was concerned and told detectives Mr. Temple had never been late for work.

"We have no suspects or motive at this time," said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, police spokesman. "There is no criminal background on either victim. We found no sign of forced entry, no evidence of ransacking in the apartment."

He also said that residents reported they did not hear any gunfire. Sergeant Doarnberger would not comment about evidence found at the scene.

Police did not know what had caused the head injuries.

One neighbor, who requested anonymity, said, "This terrible act, it knocked me over. It is absolutely frightening because it is usually so quiet around here."

She said the Temples were "nice, playful like a young couple should be."

"They were very friendly. . . . He always started his car in the morning, saw me coming out to go to work, and went back inside his place for a few minutes.

"She loved animals," the neighbor said. "Last summer, there was a fire in the apartment below them, and she knew there were several cats inside. She went inside. They clawed her terribly, but she got them out."

The neighbor said she saw Mr. Temple's car Thursday night shortly after 11 p.m., and all appeared normal. However, morning she noticed the car's left rear tire was flat.

Police speculated someone might have tampered with the tire to delay Mr. Temple.

Several residents also reported that the couple's dog was barking for several hours.

"They figured something was awfully wrong, something just didn't fit," the neighbor said.

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