Reporting Meghan McCorkell
PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — An elderly couple was found dead inside their home and police believe they were murdered.
Meghan McCorkell has the latest.
Police say it was a relative that alerted them that something might be wrong with 85-year-old Marjorie Marie Pepper and 87-year-old Vaughn George Pepper. When officers arrived at their home, they made a gruesome discovery.
Police cars flooded a quiet Pikesville neighborhood and surrounded one home.
“One of the officers started to kick in the door and that’s when we realized something wasn’t right,” said neighbor Richard Davis.
Baltimore County police say they got a call from a concerned out-of-town relative, saying they hadn’t heard from the elderly couple who lived there. Officers came to check the house.
“We looked in the window and we saw the body of an adult male lying on the floor,” said Baltimore County Police Corporal John Wachter.
Vaughn Pepper was dead. Detectives searched the home and found Marjorie Pepper dead in the basement.
Police had part of Olmstead Road blocked off as homicide detectives went door to door, interviewing neighbors.
“One of the persons they talked to did say that the people were last seen on Friday,” Wachter said.
Investigators say there was no sign of forced entry into the home.
Neighbors say the couple had lived there for decades.
“To know that these grandparents that have been here—my guess is over 20 years. And would give you a kidney if you need it. Just shocked,” Davis said.
Now detectives are trying to piece together how they died and who might be responsible.
At this point, police will not say how the couple died but confirm they did suffer traumatic injuries. Autopsies will be performed by the medical examiner.
There is no information on a suspect.