Anne Arundel County police are looking for two men in connection with the death of an elderly woman whose body was found Sunday night in her home in a waterfront community south of Annapolis.
The men reported that they were assaulted and robbed Saturday night while sitting in the woman's Volvo in the 1300 block of Tyler Ave. in Annapolis.
"We're interested in talking to them and seeing how they came in possession of the vehicle," said Detective Ronald Hines, a police spokesman.
The body of Katherine Hunt Ryon, 74, of the 400 block of Waggamon Circle in Wild Rose Shores was found about 9:15 p.m. Sunday. She might have been a homicide victim, police said.
"We know the cause of death, but we are not releasing it until we talk to the men," Detective Hines said.
It is unclear whether Ms. Ryon was alive about 11:40 p.m. Saturday when, according to what they told an Annapolis police officer, Richard Wayne Willoughby, 35, of Chestertown and James Calvert McGee, 41, of the 200 block of Victor Parkway in Annapolis were attacked and robbed by a group of men.
When Officer Mark Ottey found the men, Mr. Willoughby was bleeding from the head and one of his teeth had been knocked out.
Mr. McGee was bleeding from his nose, and his shirt was torn.
The windshield and a driver's-side window were broken, and glass lay on the ground next to the car, along with $100, Officer Ottey said in his report.
Mr. Willoughby and Mr. McGee told police they had been attacked by men wielding bottles and a window scraper, and that their assailants tried to take the keys.
Mr. Willoughby was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released.
Mr. McGee did not go to the hospital, police said.
Later, Officer Ottey told a woman who identified herself as Ms. Ryon that the car would be towed to Darden's Towing in the first block of Lee St. in Annapolis.
Detective Hines said homicide investigators had not determined any relationship between the men and Ms. Ryon.
Sergeant Howes said that a neighbor of Ms. Ryon's who "apparently watched over her" called the woman Sunday night.
The neighbor, whom police did not identify, became concerned when Ms. Ryon did not answer, went to her house and discovered the body, Sergeant Howes said.
A neighbor of Ms. Ryon's who asked that his name not be used said he doubted that the woman Officer Ottey talked to was Ms. Ryon.
"Katie would never let anyone use her car," the neighbor said.
Ms. Ryon lived alone and had no relatives in the area.
A neighborhood couple -- the woman who found Ms. Ryon and her husband -- "kind of looked after her," the neighbor said.