Couple found dead had suffocated

December 05, 1993|By Sheridan Lyons and Alisa Samuels | Sheridan Lyons and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writers

A young couple discovered dead in their Parkville apartment Friday both suffocated, Baltimore County police said yesterday. The husband also had been stabbed.

Maintenance workers found the bodies of John Kenneth Temple, 26, and his wife, Lorrainne Audra Temple, 22, in their apartment in the Taylor Park East Apartments in the 4000 block of Marjeff Road, near Taylor Avenue.

Beyond saying that asphyxiation was involved in both deaths, Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman, would not talk yesterday about other details of the Temples' deaths. What caused suffocation remained unclear.

Though initial reports described massive head wounds on both victims, Sergeant Doarnberger said yesterday that Mrs. Temple had only nonlethal cuts on her neck.

The deaths were thought to have occurred between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Friday. Workers found Mrs. Temple's body on the living-room floor, with her arms bound, and called the police about 10 a.m. Officers then found Mr. Temple dead in the bedroom, his arms also tied. He had started his 1980 Camaro about 6:30 a.m., but returned to the apartment, leaving the car's engine running.

"About the only thing we know is, they were such a quiet couple that the detectives are not able to find any friends or people who know them well," Sergeant Doarnberger said. "And any help would be appreciated."

Mr. Temple worked at a Jiffy Lube auto service center on Golden Ring Road in Rosedale. The manager came to the home Friday, as police were processing the crime scene and interviewing neighbors, because Mr. Temple had never been late for work.

Carol Windisch, co-owner and co-manager of the center, described Mr. Temple as "wonderful, a great guy, very dependable."

"Maybe twice in five years he called in sick," she said. Because of his punctuality, his absence caused concern. She called his telephone number and got his answering machine.

Ms. Windisch said she thought Mr. Temple had overslept. When he left work Thursday night, Mr. Temple told Ms. Windisch that he and his wife were preparing to move into another apartment, she said. The couple had been married about two years; Mrs. Temple worked for a telemarketing firm.

Mr. Temple worked his way up from technician to assistant manager at the Jiffy Lube after he began working for the company five years ago, said Patty Jankins, the shop's co-owner and manager.

He loved hot-rod cars, animals and helping people, Miss Jankins said. The couple had a mixed-breed dog, a rabbit, a cockatiel and several fish tanks filled with fish, she said.

Determined to make their lives better, Mr. Temple worked long hours, usually 50 hours a week, his employer said. Several months ago, he quit a part-time job at a fish store.

"I want people to know they were good, just a good, hard-working couple," Ms. Windisch said. "I can't imagine why anyone would want to hurt them."

Because Mr. Temple had no life insurance, Jiffy Lube workers are collecting money to help pay funeral expenses.

KNOW SOMETHING?

Baltimore County police ask anyone with information about this case to call 887-2198.

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