Identities sought of 2 found dead in Cape St. Claire

April 30, 2002|By Ariel Sabar | Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF

County police were trying yesterday to identify two people found dead Sunday in a home in Cape St. Claire. Investigators believe the people might have been dead for several weeks.

Police entered the split-foyer house in the 1100 block of Bayview Vista Drive on Sunday afternoon after a neighbor called to say that the residents hadn't been seen in some time.

The house is owned by John M. Binetti, 51, and his wife, Elaine L. Binetti, 52, according to state property records and commercial databases. Stephanie M. Binetti, 24, also is listed as living there.

Police released few details of their investigation yesterday and would not say whether evidence indicated a cause of the deaths.

A police spokesman said the circumstances raise the possibility of foul play.

"We are labeling it suspicious at this point," said Lt. Joseph E. Jordan. "It would be rather unusual for two people to die of natural causes at the same time."

The bodies have been taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for autopsies.

State records show that the Binettis bought the house in 1991 for $125,000. The couple had previously lived in Arnold and in Laguna Niguel, Calif., according to commercial databases.

A John M. Binetti listed at the Cape St. Claire address had been a maritime lawyer with Berliner, Candon & Jimison, a Washington firm, according to a lawyers directory.

Roger Berliner, the firm's founder and managing partner, said yesterday that Binetti had worked for the firm until about three weeks ago.

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