Two charged with first-degree murder after police find body of 19-year-old

Authorities say suspects led officers to victim

February 18, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two 20-year-old Glen Burnie men have been charged with first-degree murder after they led police to the body of a 19-year-old man who had been missing since he attended a party at one of their apartments last week, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Shane Earl Pardoe of the 300 block of Lori Drive and David Joseph Shepeta of the 100 block of Kent Road were arrested Wednesday after police interviewed them and reportedly learned the body of Robert Edward Hightower was removed from Pardoe's apartment early Feb. 11. Police said they were then led to Hightower's body in a wooded area near Shot Town Road about 20 miles from Pardoe's apartment.

Hightower, who also lived in an apartment on the 300 block of Lori Drive, died from blunt force trauma to the head, police said.

Corinne Ann Catranados, 19, of the first block of McGuirk Drive in Glen Burnie also was arrested and charged with accessory to murder. All three are being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in Parole.

Police said Hightower left his apartment during the early morning hours of Feb. 11 to go to a party in a neighboring apartment building. Some who attended the party told police Hightower got into a fight with Pardoe, Shepeta and Catranados.

When Hightower did not return to his apartment all weekend, his father filed a missing persons report Sunday. Police interviewed Pardoe, Shepeta and Catranados on Wednesday.

The investigation is continuing.

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