Two men were arrested yesterday and charged with first-degree murder in the slaying a 74-year-old woman, whose body was found Sunday night in her home in a waterfront community south of Annapolis, county police said.
Police charged James McGee, 41, of the 200 block of Victor Parkway in Annapolis, and Richard Willoughby, 35, of Chestertown, in the death of Katherine Ryon at her home on the South River.
The suspects reported to police that they were assaulted and robbed Saturday night while sitting in the woman's Volvo in the 1300 block of Tyler Ave. in Annapolis but were unable to provide police with a good description of their attackers.
Mr. McGee and Mr. Willoughby were scheduled for a bail hearing today, police said.
The body of Mrs. Ryon of the 400 block of Waggamon Circle in Wild Rose Shores was found about 9:15 p.m. Sunday, police said.
"We know the cause of death, but we are not releasing it until we talk to the men," said Detective Ronald Hines, a police spokesman.
bTC Officer Ottey told a woman who identified herself as Ms. Ryon Saturday night that the car would be towed to Darden's Towing on Lee Street 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.