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P.G. official's death still being probed


The state medical examiner's office yesterday completed the autopsy on the body of a high-ranking official in the Prince George's County sheriff's office who was found dead Friday afternoon in a Camp Springs hotel room.

But no information on the cause and manner of death of Lt. Col. Clarence B. Norman, 37, of Forestville, the chief legal counsel to the sheriff, was available yesterday, pending further investigation, a spokesman for the office said.

Prince George's County police, who are investigating the death of Colonel Norman, said they expect preliminary results of the autopsy to be available tomorrow. They said there were no signs of injury to the body, and they do not suspect foul play.

Police were called to the Holiday Inn in the 4700 block of Allenwood Road at about 2:45 p.m. Friday, when a hotel housekeeping crew found the body after forcing their way into the room. The room was locked from the inside, police said.

Capt. James White, a police spokesman, said "some evidence was taken out of the room," but he would not say what it was.

A police source said officers found a soda can in the room that had been made into a type of pipe commonly used to smoke cocaine. Police will analyze the residue of a substance found in the can, the source said.

Colonel Norman was found in bed, clad only in his underwear, the source said. There was "at least one" used wine glass in the room, the source said.

Captain White would not comment on that information, saying the matter was under investigation.

He did say that Colonel Norman often socialized at the Holiday Inn and was "known there by the staff." He checked into the room at about 9 p.m. Thursday, though Captain White said he did not know whether Colonel Norman was alone at the time.

A Chicago native, Colonel Norman was a lawyer and a former legislative aide to Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-5th. He left the congressman's Washington office in 1984, when he was hired by Prince George's County Sheriff James V. Aluisi as a lieutenant colonel, becoming the highest-ranking black in the office at a time when black political leaders were seeking more patronage jobs.

Sheriff Aluisi said that about three weeks ago, Colonel Norman went to the hospital complaining of chest pains, but said there was no indication he had a heart problem.

Colonel Norman was married, but separated several months ago from his wife, Anita W. Norman, who lives in Mitchellville with their two sons, Sheriff Aluisi said.

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