State Police today were trying to sort out countless loose ends involving the attempted murder of a businessman and prominent member of the Baltimore Jewish community who was found along a road in Sykesville yesterday after being stabbed and beaten.
The victim, Frank Allan Storch, 34, of the 6700 block of Westbrook Road in northwest Baltimore, had multiple stab wounds to the abdomen and head injuries. He was in serious but stable condition today at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center.
Mr. Storch was taken to Shock-Trauma by Med-Evac helicopter after he was seen by motorists as he walked along Arrington Road justwest of Marriottsville Road No. 2.
He is president of M. Leo Storch Management Corp., a small real estate development company based in Lanham. The company manages several shopping centers, mostly in Prince George's County, said property manager Kathy Coakley.
A neighbor said Mr. Storch is married and has three young children.
State Police at the Westminster barracks said Mr. Storch was seen about 3 p.m. yesterday by the driver of a Carroll County school bus andanother motorist, who called 911.
"The scenario of events preceding his discovery are quite a mystery to us," said Chuck Jackson, a State Police spokesman.
"The last anyone here [at the firm's Lanham headquarters] saw him was Tuesday when we left the office," Ms. Coakley said. "He was here when we left" around 5 p.m.
Police were looking for Mr. Storch's car, a 1989 light blue Lincoln Continental with Maryland tags WSW-981.
Investigators were waiting to interview Mr. Storch about unconfirmed reports he was abducted while on a business trip in Bowie.
The attack on Mr. Storch comes about a week after the fatal shooting of a wealthy Homeland businessman who also did business in Prince George's County. The victim, J. Schuyler "Sky" Alland, 34, had been driving an $80,000 BMW.
Mr. Alland, who left work in Laurel Feb. 18 but did not show up for a dinner engagement, had been shot in the back of the head. His body was found near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway north of Greenbelt.
Maj. Robert E. Hines of the U.S. Park Police said authorities were interested in looking into possible links between the two crimes. He said police had no suspects.
Mr. Jackson said Mr. Storch apparently called his wife from Shock-Trauma. Doctors overheard him talking about being forced by a man and a woman to withdraw money from a bank machine at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Mr. Storch reportedly was then driven to the Sykesville area.
"We don't know how long he wandered in the woods before th school bus driver spotted him," said a sergeant at the Westminster barracks.
To complicate matters, police got word last night that a plastic bag with identification and other belongings of Mr. Storch was found at a landfill in the 600 block of W. Patapsco Ave. in South Baltimore.
Southern District police said early today a pedestrian had seen someone drive by and toss the bag at the edge of the landfill. Police said the bag contained Mr. Storch's driver's license, a gun permit, a bloody shirt, pants and a hat.
Mr. Jackson said Mr. Storch was a licensed private investigator. He also was active in the Northwest Citizens Patrol, a group established in the early 1980s to help control crime in northwest Baltimore.
A neighbor, Mrs. David N. Rinder, described Mr. Storch as "a good, good, good person . . . a fine neighbor and a fine businessman. This is a very tight community, very religious, and he is a very influential person."
The citizens patrol enlists residents to cruise neighborhoods in cars, radioing reports of crimes to police. Mr. Storch still rides "once every two months," Mrs. Rinder said.
Deborah Baer of Pikesville said she had worked with Mr. Storch on a number of different safety- and health-related educational projects. One effort he helped organize involved instructing hundreds of families about child safety in cars, said Ms. Baer, president of the Maryland Child Passenger Safety Association.
Gerald Shavrick, executive director of Project Ezra, a community safety organization in the Jewish community, described Mr. Storch asa "champion of safety."
He said Mr. Storch was the chairman and prime mover behind the creation of Project Ezra four years ago. The organization offers residents training and education in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, seatbelt use, bicycle safety, fire and crime safety and related issues.
Mr. Shavrick said Mr. Storch "was also very cautious."