Harford investigating suspicious death in Edgewood

Deputies found man dead in his home, items in disarray

April 21, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Harford County Sheriff's deputies say they made a grisly discovery early Sunday morning after receiving a call at 9:30 a.m. asking them to check on the well-being of an Edgewood resident.

Deputies arriving at the house in the 1700 block of Fountain Rock Way, found the home locked but could hear a TV playing inside, according to Harford County Sheriff's Office spokesman Edward Hopkins.

No one came to the door, and as they continued their search, deputies observed blood and a body on the floor, officials said.

When they forced entry into the home, they found a dead white man who appeared to be in his early 50s. The home appeared to have been ransacked and was in disarray.

Preliminary evidence is suggesting the incident is a homicide, said Hopkins.

The sheriff's office identified the victim as Robert Wesley Johns, 51, of the 1700 block Fountain Rock Way. His body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, where it will undergo an autopsy, Hopkins said.

Detectives have not released further details, and the investigation in ongoing.

An earlier version of this article omitted a word from the name of the street where the home is located. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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