Police seek missing retiree

March 14, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Timothy B. Wheeler contributed to this article.

Homicide detectives are investigating the disappearance of a retired Defense Department worker whose glasses and wallet were found on a South Baltimore bridge Friday night.

Harry Brown Jr., 63, left his home in the 7000 block of Queen Anne Road in Baltimore County about 6:30 p.m. Friday. He told his daughter, Donna, that he was going out for a while, but did not say where.

"My father has never just gone out and stayed out," his daughter said.

Mr. Brown's wife, Marilyn, said yesterday that city police called about two hours after her husband had left to report that they had found his wallet and glasses on a bridge in the 2100 block of Wicomico St. A credit card was missing, she said.

"They said the wallet was covered with blood," said Mrs. Brown, fighting back tears.

The car Mr. Brown was driving, a burgundy 1990 Chrysler Fifth Avenue, has not been found, his wife said.

Detectives said they were seeking an acquaintance of Mr. Brown, Connie Bridges, for questioning. Ms. Bridges told police she had seen Mr. Brown about 7 p.m. near Puget Street, not far from where his glasses and wallet were found. But detectives said they have been unable to locate Ms. Bridges since they first spoke to her.

County police, who are assisting in the search, said Mr. Brown's missing car bears Maryland license tags YLS 596.

Mrs. Brown has been sitting by the telephone in the couple's split-level home in the Milford Mill area off Liberty Road, praying for good news but fearing the worst.

"My husband always had his car doors locked whenever he went anywhere," she said.

He also routinely carried money in his pocket, rather than in his wallet, she added.

Mr. Brown, who is about 6 feet tall, retired from his U.S. Department of Defense job at Fort Meade in June, his daughter said. He has six children and six grandchildren.

Mrs. Brown said that her husband is diabetic and has failing eyesight. He retired so he could travel while in good health, she said.

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