An elderly man and woman were found dead in a Pikesville home Monday afternoon with injuries that led Baltimore County police to begin investigating their deaths as homicides. Police identified them today as Vaughn George Pepper, 87; and Marjorie Marie Pepper, 85.
Police believe the two were killed in a home in the Sudbrook Park neighborhood, and they are looking for a third party, said Cpl. Cathy Batton, a police spokeswoman.
Police said they do not believe that this was a random crime, but caution that the investigation is continuing. They are trying to locate an adult grandson who lived with the Peppers, and they have recovered a weapon at the scene, but did not identify it. Police said the victims were not shot.
There was no apparent forced entry to the home, and the Peppers — found on the first floor and in the basement, respectively — had "traumatic injuries," Batton said. The cause of death will not be released until the state medical examiner files a report, she said.
Police responded to the home in the 800 block of Olmstead Road about 4 p.m. after receiving a call from a neighbor, Batton said. The neighbor had become concerned after being asked to check on an elderly couple who live in the home by one of the couple's out-of-state relatives, police said.
When officers arrived at the home, they looked through the windows and could see the man's body on the floor, Batton said.
After entering the home, they found the body of the woman in the basement, Batton said.
Batton said police have talked to a witness who saw the victims Friday but are trying to better determine how long the pair were unaccounted for.
"We are trying to establish a timeline, asking anyone who may have seen them over the weekend to please contact Baltimore County police," Batton said.
A neighbor, Jeffie Langston, who has lived in the neighborhood for about 50 years, said she was "shocked" when her daughter-in-law, who lives next door to her, came to tell her what police had found in the house through the woods.
"I don't understand it. This is not a neighborhood where there is drugs or that sort of thing," Langston said. "I just can't imagine it."