The bodies of two men were found floating in the upper reaches of Loch Raven Reservoir near the Warren Road Bridge last night, and Baltimore County police said there was evidence of foul play.
E. Jay Miller, spokesman for the county police, said a preliminary examination showed the victims, found about 11 p.m., were apparently slain.
"We're treating the situation as a double-homicide," he said.
The bodies were taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for autopsies, which are expected to reveal the cause and time of death, Mr. Miller said.
The victims' names were not available.
Mr. Miller said a red 1993 Jeep Cherokee with tags 573258M that may been driven to the scene by one of the victims was missing.
Also, a motorcycle that police believe belonged to the other victim was found near the scene, Mr. Miller said.
The Jeep, according to police, is registered to a 34-year-old female resident of Glendorian Court in the Glenmore section of ++ Cockeysville. The address is at least a mile west of the Warren Road Bridge.
Police interviewed the Jeep's owner but declined to reveal what they were told.
It was not immediately known who found the bodies.
Mr. Miller said an earlier report that they were found by members of the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company looking for two missing men was not correct.
At first, it was believed the bodies may have been thrown off the Warren Road Bridge into the water more than 50 feet below.
But Mr. Miller said the bodies were found in two feet of water about 10 feet from shore and some 200 yards north of the bridge, which runs east and west.
He said police were unable to reach the bodies by rowboat because of the shallow water and its rocky bottom. A inflatable craft from the Middle River Rescue Squad was pressed into service to retrieve the bodies.
Shortly after the bodies were found, police brought in high-powered lights mounted on fire engines to illuminate the isolated area so detectives could examine the scene for evidence.