Search under way for 2 in man's killing

March 16, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore detectives were continuing the search last night for a woman and her boyfriend wanted for questioning in the slaying of a 63-year-old man found slain in the trunk of his car, Baltimore police said.

Harry Brown Jr.'s body was found about 11 p.m. on Monday, stuffed in the trunk of his 1990 Chrysler New Yorker.

The car was found in the 400 block of W. Preston St. near McCulloh Street, with blood leaking from the trunk. The victim had apparently been stabbed to death, police said.

Mr. Brown, a retired Defense Department worker, left his Baltimore County home between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday to meet a friend, Connie Bridges, 30, and never returned. Police believe he was slain shortly after he left his home in the Milford area of the county.

"We're in a terrible state of affairs in this country as far as crime goes," Mr. Brown's daughter Donna Brown said yesterday. "My brother was shot in Baltimore three years ago and it left him a quadriplegic. But we don't blame the city. Crime is everywhere, it's affecting everyone."

Ms. Brown said that she didn't know of any reason for the death of her father, whom she described as "a quiet fellow," adding: "He didn't say much and he didn't bother anybody."

Agent Doug Price, a city police spokesman, said investigators haven't been able to nail down a motive for the killing.

On Friday night, a city police officer -- investigating a report of blood in the roadway -- found Mr. Brown's blood-splattered wallet, glasses and part of a knife blade on a bridge in the 2100 block of Wicomico Street in South Baltimore.

Yesterday Mr. Price said a credit card was missing from the dead man's wallet.

"Robbery is a motive that hasn't been excluded," Agent Price said.

Police are seeking Ms. Bridges and her boyfriend, Donald McNeil, for questioning.

Police have been unable to track down Ms. Bridges and Mr. McNeil, 40, of the 3000 block of Virginia Ave. in Pimlico. Neither has been charged with a crime.

Mr. Brown retired in July after 30 years as a commissary worker for the Department of Defense at Fort Meade. He told his family that he was going to meet a friend, Ms. Bridges, of the 2600 block of Puget St. in Southwest Baltimore. Police said Mr. Brown and Ms. Bridges had a relationship of some sort.

Police towed Mr. Brown's car to police headquarters last night and pried open the trunk, revealing the body. He had been slashed in the face with a sharp object and apparently stabbed in the stomach, police said.

Mr. Brown had six children and six grandchildren. He had moved to Baltimore about 30 years ago from Delaware to work at Fort Meade, his daughter said.

Police asked anyone with any information about Ms. Bridges or Mr. McNeil to call city police at 396-2100.

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