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Police identify dead couple

April 13, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Maryland State Police have located relatives of a Canadian couple found dead in their apartment on April 6.

State police were called to a Hagerstown apartment complex to check on the welfare of a resident who hadn't been seen for several days.

When troopers entered the apartment, they found the body of Melba Garnet Moore, 65, and Stanley Wetherald Moore, 80, according to Trooper 1st Class Mike Potter.

Potter said police initially had trouble finding next of kin of the couple.

He said he contacted the Ontario Province Police, who identified the couple's relatives.

Stanley Moore has a son living in Montgomery County, Md., and another in Canada, Potter said. Relatives of the dead couple claimed the bodies on Tuesday, he said.

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The bodies had been taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for autopsies, he said. Potter said the results of the examinations have not been released.

Melba Moore had last been seen on March 30. Her body was found April 6 in a bedroom. The body of her husband was found in another bedroom on a bed covered with a blanket.

Potter said Stanley Moore had apparently been dead several months before his wife died.

There was no sign of foul play or forced entry, police said.

The Moores were a reclusive couple and had little contact with family or their neighbors in the complex, he said.

Police believe the husband had been sick since December 1998 and was blind, he said.

Potter said Stanley Moore may have been dead in January when police were called to the apartment. He said he did not know the nature of the original call.

Melba Moore was charged with assaulting a trooper during the incident, Potter said.

"There was a lot of noise, and you'd think he would have at least called out if he was alive at the time," said Potter.

State Police returned to the apartment on March 30 to serve Melba Moore with legal paperwork, said Potter.

Troopers found the woman had lost an extreme amount of weight and they spoke to the apartment manager on her behalf, he said.

Potter said there was no food in the house when the bodies were found. There were no pictures or items that would help them find family members.

The retired couple had come to the area in 1995, he said.

"It's not really an unusual case, it's just a sad one," said Potter.

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