A Glen Burnie dentist found dead in his office had been beaten so badly that police had difficulty identifying him, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.
The body of Dr. Albert Woonho Ro, 51, was discovered Tuesday night at his dental practice at 1414 Crain Highway.
According to police, Ro's wife called police from outside the dental office about 10 p.m. She told officers that she could not get in touch with her husband -- his car was on the parking lot, but he was not answering his office phone.
Officers entered the office and found Ro's body. Officer Sara Schriver, a police spokeswoman, said his death is being investigated as a homicide. She declined to say whether there was any sign of forced entry.
"He was terrific as a human being and a good dentist," said Evelyn Darden, a patient who works in the Chatham Executive Office Park where Ro's office is. "I can't imagine who would do it. He was really a kind person."
Darden said the office complex is safe and normally clears out by about 7 p.m.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Anne Arundel County police, 410-222-8610.