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Businessman found slain BMW missing


Federal authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a wealthy Homeland businessman whose body was found Tuesday night near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway north of Greenbelt.

The victim, 34-year-old J. Schuyler "Sky" Alland, had been shot in the head. His body was found about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday by three people driving near the national Agricultural Research Center, checking out what they initially thought was a deer, according to the U.S. Park Police.

Mr. Alland's leased car -- an $80,000 black BMW-750iL, with temporary Maryland tag 30619X -- was still missing last night, believed taken by the killer.

Mr. Alland, who was single, lived in the 200 block of Tunbridge Road in the fashionable North Baltimore neighborhood. He was the founder and board chairman of Sky Alland Research Inc., a consumer research business on Route 197 in Laurel that he had recently sold, police said.

Mr. Alland left the company's headquarters about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and failed to arrive for a dinner engagement at Chili's Restaurant on U.S. 1 in Laurel. Park Police Maj. Robert H. Hines said the site where his body was found, near the intersection of Powder Mill Road and Route 197 just west of the parkway, is about four miles south of his office and in the opposite direction from the restaurant.

Mr. Alland, dressed in a suit and tie, had been shot in the back of the head. Investigators were uncertain whether he was killed at the scene, or his body dumped there.

Although a money clip with $97 in cash was found in a pocket, his wallet and credit cards were missing.

Major Hines said Park Police investigators had conferred with Baltimore homicide detectives about the city's recent series of abductions and the slaying of Vitalis V. Pilius, but had established no link to Mr. Alland's death.

William R. Sullivan, president of Sky Alland for two years, said yesterday that the firm -- which follows up on new-car sales and service for automakers Chrysler, BMW, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Audi and Cadillac -- employs 140 people.

Mr. Alland was a "very engaging entrepreneur," Mr. Sullivan said. "He was one of the leaders in quality satisfaction."

Mr. Alland started the business by signing up clients and conducting his own surveys from his parents' home in 1983.

Mr. Sullivan said the victim was a graduate of the University of Virginia, and formerly worked for Martin-Marietta Corp.

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