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Man found slain in Huyetts home

July 02, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

An 87-year-old man was found stabbed to death in his Huyetts home by his daughter Monday morning after she failed to reach him on the telephone, Maryland State Police said.

John R. Ward, of the 12000 block of Huyetts Lane, was stabbed and died of severe trauma, according to Det. Sgt. Mike Hegedus.

Ward's body was taken to the Maryland State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for an autopsy, police said.

Police said they have no suspects and the motive for the murder remains unclear, but they were investigating a number of leads.

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Investigators from the Hagerstown barrack and the state police Special Investigative Support Unit and Evidence Collection Unit searched the home and surrounding area looking for clues.

Ward's daughter tried to contact her father at 6 a.m., but was unsuccessful, police said. After he failed to answer repeated calls, she went to his home and found him dead inside at 6:45 a.m., police said.

The daughter's name was not released by police.

At least 10 police cars, two vans and a state police mobile crime scene bus were parked on Huyetts Lane at Ward's home investigating throughout the day Monday.

Cpl. D.H. Lowry and his bloodhound, Joey, scanned the property and the road leading to the home.

A mail carrier and other vehicles that turned down Huyetts Lane were turned away by a state trooper guarding the scene.

Troopers at the crime scene left the Ward home repeatedly during the afternoon, only to return a short time later.

The Ward property includes a a modest white, two-story house and four outbuildings, which looked undisturbed from the outside Monday afternoon. The door to a cellar attached to the home was open.

The Ward home is the only residence on Huyetts Lane which leads to a dead end. The road runs parallel to Md. 63 with a dense wooded area in between. A small clearing in front of the home makes it visible from Md. 63 and a set of tire tracks could be seen leading from Huyetts Lane through brush to Md. 63. Around 2:30 p.m. police said they intended to search that area of brush.

An Allegheny Energy substation borders the Ward property on one side. On the other side of the property is a large field.

State police remained at the scene well into the evening Monday and were continuing their investigation, police said.

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