Body found in parking lot of business complex

Police unsure whether man was killed there

February 22, 2002|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County homicide detectives are trying to identify a man whose body was found yesterday morning in the parking lot of a Hanover business park, authorities said.

Investigators also are trying to determine whether the man was killed at Commons Corporate Center, near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, or whether the body was dumped there.

The business park, just off Dorsey Road on New Ridge Road, is leased by defense and security contractors, technology companies and mortgage companies.

An employee of an engineering company found the young man's body on his way to work about 7:40 a.m. yesterday and called police.

Homicide detectives found "obvious signs of trauma" to the man's upper body, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a county police spokesman.

Police described the victim as black, in his mid-20s to late 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. An autopsy was scheduled for late yesterday, Ravenell said.

The business park where the body was found is near Route 100, Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Interstate 195.

Although the office complex area is not heavily traveled at night, employees said crime has not been a problem. Several employees said yesterday that they were not worried about their safety because they don't think the man was killed at the complex.

"That's why I'm not concerned about it," said Jay Redding, who works at an engineering company in the business park.

Sam Gatson, an employee of a security contractor in the area, said, "I haven't heard anyone say they're afraid to come to work."

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