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Police have no suspects in slaying of part-time bartender in Mount Airy


State police said yesterday that they still have no suspects in the slaying of part-time bartender Danny Bruce Boone near the Mount Airy American Legion Post early Saturday.

Detective Sgt. Donald Hoffman of the Westminster barracks said additional investigators from state police headquarters have joined the investigation because of the number of people police must interview.

The sergeant, who is lead investigator in the case, said troopers are trying to interview many of the approximately 200 guests who were at a wedding reception at the post, in the 800 block of Prospect Road, when a fight broke out about 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Police believe the fight was directly connected to the slaying, Sergeant Hoffman said.

A Boone family friend told The Sun Monday that the family was upset at suggestions in newspaper accounts of the slaying that implied Mr. Boone was responsible for the altercation inside the legion hall.

But Sergeant Hoffman said yesterday that police believe Mr. Boone "was involved in the argument and fight inside the building, and we believe he probably was pursued" outside by at least one person.

Yesterday, investigators conducted a detailed search of the legion post's parking lot and an adjacent ball field.

Mr. Boone was found dead in the 100 block of Contour Road, a short distance from the hall.

Sergeant Hoffman said an autopsy revealed that Mr. Boone, 45, of the 2600 block of Walston Road, died of a blunt trauma injury to the front of his forehead.

The blow fractured his skull, according to the autopsy.

Mr. Boone was found and pronounced dead at the scene after state police were told that someone had been hit by a car. Troopers had been called to the legion post to stop the fight and were directing traffic off the parking lot when the body was discovered.

Sergeant Hoffman asked anyone with information about Mr. Boone's death to call state police at (410) 876-8989.

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