Dead man is found in motel room

June 24, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

The body of an unidentified man was found in a Jessup motel room early yesterday, moments after a manager confronted someone in the victim's car, Howard County police said.

Police searched the room at the Cedar Motel in the 8000 block of Washington Blvd. for about six hours after arriving at 4:45 a.m. yesterday.

Police would not say whether a weapon was found in the room. It did not appear that there had been a struggle, and the motive for the killing was unclear, said Cpl. Kevin Costello, a county police department spokesman.

Last night, detectives said they had no suspects in the homicide, the second in the county this year. A 25-year-old Laurel man was found bludgeoned to death at a shallow pond near his home in March.

Lt. Tim Branning said police are trying to identify the victim, hoping that will provide some information about who killed him and why.

"We want to find out who he is," said Lt. Branning. "Once you learn about the victim -- his lifestyle -- that's going to give us an avenue of finding out who may have killed him."

The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore. Police would not theorize about the cause of death.

The results of an autopsy are expected today.

The victim was described as white, 45 to 65 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall. He had a small surgical scar on his back, police said.

The man was dressed in "white institutional" pants -- such as those worn by health care workers -- and polished white Reebok tennis shoes, police said.

Police say the man checked into the motel after midnight and may have been killed between 2:30 a.m. and 4:45 a.m.

At that time, police say, a motel manager went to check on a commotion outside Room 105. When the manager told the driver of a white car -- believed to be the car the victim arrived in -- to move, the car was driven off the lot and onto Washington Boulevard.

Police say the manager wasn't able to see whether the driver was a man or a woman or identify the make and model of the car.

After the car was driven away, the manager saw the room door ajar and discovered the dead man, police said.

"We've been here for a while, and we've had no problems," said Cecelia Fernandez, who co-manages the motel. She was not on duty when the man's body was found.

"There are different people every day. People leave; people come. You never know who's here," Ms. Fernandez said.

Police said they hope to identify the man when relatives, friends or co-workers call to report him missing.

Anyone with information should call Howard County police at 313-2220.

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