Man, 71, found dead in Cecil Co. home

may be homicide

December 28, 2010|By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland State Police are investigating the death of a 71-year-old man in Cecil County, and treating the incident as a homicide.

Police received a call about 9 a.m. Monday reporting that Earl Flemming had been found unconscious and unresponsive inside his home on New Jersey Avenue in Earlville, a town about 15 miles south of Elkton, the Cecil County seat. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A friend had earlier spotted a truck belonging to Flemming parked along a road less than a mile away, its engine running and a window broken, police said. The friend took the keys from the vehicle, entered Flemming's home, found him on the floor and called 911.

The Cecil County Sheriff's Office, which responded to the call along with state troopers from the North East Barrack, asked investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit to take the lead in investigating the case.

Officials have not released the cause of death or the reason they regard the death as a homicide other than to describe the crime scene as suspicious. State police crime scene technicians were processing the scene for evidence Monday afternoon. No motive was apparent.

Flemming's body was taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy, state police said.

A state police spokeswoman said she believed Flemming lived alone at the home. Police are asking anyone who may have information relevant to the case to call the state police at the North East Barracks at (410) 996-7800.

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