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August 22, 2005|By RICHARD IRWIN

BALTIMORE

Elderly disabled man's death is called suspicious

The death of an elderly disabled man whose body was found yesterday in his North Baltimore apartment is being investigated as "suspicious" pending the results of an autopsy, city police said.

A security officer at the Louis W. Foxwell Memorial Apartments for the handicapped in the 3700 block of Greenspring Ave. entered the fourth-floor apartment of Carlton Crawford, 82, about 11:30 a.m. while investigating a complaint of unusual noise, and found him lying on the bedroom floor, said Sgt. Kenneth Norris of the homicide squad.

Norris said Crawford, who lived in the building since 1983 and had no next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene. His apartment was equipped with devices to aid the deaf. "Instead of a doorbell ringing, a light would go on to indicate someone was at the door," Norris said.

Norris said there were no signs of forced entry or ransacking, but that Crawford's body bore obvious signs of violence. Anyone with information about his death is urged to call Metro Crime Stoppers toll-free at 866-7LOCKUP.

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