Middle River man is charged with murder in wife's death

Woman's body found dumped near Mohrs Lane according to county police

March 31, 2002|By Jason Song | Jason Song,SUN STAFF

A Middle River man was charged with murder yesterday in the death of his wife, whose body was found dumped along Mohrs Lane, according to Baltimore County police.

Police said Lloyd Preston McCaskill of the 9800 block of Dee Way killed his 20-year-old wife, Marie Elizabeth McCaskill, by either beating or strangling her after an argument.

Officials said McCaskill called police to report her missing at 7:20 a.m. Friday. Marie McCaskill's body was discovered at 8:30 a.m. Friday by a pedestrian near the Mohrs Lane bridge between Pulaski Highway and Philadelphia Road. Police said they were trying to determine when and where she was killed.

Lloyd McCaskill, 36, was being held without bail yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center. A bail review is scheduled for tomorrow.

Neighbors said McCaskill held several jobs and taught karate in the couple's home.

As news of the death spread among the McCaskills' neighbors, residents mourned Marie McCaskill, who they say was a familiar figure in the neighborhood. She often watched her two young boys as they played in the driveway or walked with them around the block.

"You would never see her go anywhere without those kids," said Charles Jones, who lives several doors away from the McCaskills. "She'd be pushing a stroller with one hand and holding a child with the other."

Mrs. McCaskill was learning to drive and depended on her husband to "take her everywhere," said neighbor David Spangler.

"If she needed to go to the store, she had to wait for him," he added.

Several families with young children live near the McCaskills, and parents were wondering yesterday how to explain Mrs. McCaskill's death to their families.

"My daughter woke up last night and said, `Mom, I saw Ms. Maria's spirit last night.' All the kids around here are shook up," said neighbor Theresa Robinson.

"I just hope [the McCaskills'] kids are safe," Robinson said, as she stared at an abandoned tricycle and red wagon on the McCaskills' driveway.

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