Officials: Investigations into Westminster deaths could take weeks

The investigations into the circumstances relating to two people who were found dead might take weeks while the medical examinations are completed.

Richard Lewis Morris, 32, and Melody C. Johnson, 43, were each found in Westminster on Tuesday — separately of each other — and taken to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. As of 4 p.m. Friday, the physical autopsies have been completed, but the investigations into the cause and manner of death are still pending.


Death investigations at the medical examiner's office can take weeks, said Bruce Goldfarb, spokesman for the medical examiner's office. He could not provide further comment on the two Westminster cases.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, there were no updates available from the Westminster Police Department's investigation into the deaths, Capt. Pete D'Antuono said.

Morris was pronounced deceased by police and emergency medical personnel after they found him unconscious behind a building on Manchester Avenue at about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday. About an hour later, Johnson was found under the railroad bridge over East Green Street, according to news releases from the Westminster Police Department.

Morris was last seen at the Boston Inn, D'Antuono said, and his family reported him missing to Maryland State Police April 2, according to a Westminster Police Department news release.

It is unclear whether he was homeless at the time of his death, D'Antuono said.

Johnson had a fixed address on Shamrock Circle in Westminster.

Westminster police do not think there is a relation between the two deaths or a link between the two people, D'Antuono said.

The police department is looking for information on the whereabouts of Morris and Johnson before their deaths. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is encouraged to contact Sgt. Jeff Schuster at 410-848-4646. Anonymous tips can be made by texting TIPWPD to 847411 or by calling the TIPS hotline at 410-857-8477.