Taneytown man found dead after apparent explosion in home

Residents of 25 homes evacuated while fire marshals search for devices, but none found

April 30, 2011|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

A 44-year-old man was found dead inside of his Taneytown home Friday afternoon, and investigators believe he may have been killed by an explosion, according to Maryland State Police.

Carey M. Landskroner of the 400 block of Red Tulip Court was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy conducted Saturday at the chief medical examiner's office in Baltimore indicates that he may have died as a result of an explosion. The manner of death is unclear, but state police have ruled out homicide.

A neighbor called 911 just before 5 p.m. to say he had gone to check on Landskroner after not seeing him for several days and saw through an open window that he was lying on the floor, according to state police.

State police troopers and Taneytown police officers went to the house and found the man lying on the floor with trauma to his left arm, leg and side, police said. They also observed holes in the wall and what appeared to be charring on a chair near the victim.

Residents from about 25 nearby homes were evacuated out of precaution while explosive experts from the office of the state fire marshal searched Landskroner's home, but no devices were found, state police said. They confirmed that an explosion may have occurred, however.

Crime scene technicians recovered what appear to be shrapnel pieces of metal pipe from holes in the walls. Shrapnel was also recovered from Landskroner's body today during the autopsy, according to state police.

Some neighbors told police that they heard a loud bang Wednesday night from the area of Landskroner's home. The medical examiner told investigators today Landskroner could have been dead since Wednesday night.

Investigators believe Landskroner lived alone, according to state police.

liz.kay@baltsun.com

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