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Officers find Pasadena man dead in home


Anne Arundel County police found the body of a Pasadena man in his home early yesterday after his roommate called to report a disturbance.

James Francis Holtgreve Jr., 32, suffered a head injury, police said. But officers said they are not sure whether he was shot or bludgeoned. An autopsy was being performed to determine the cause of death. Holtgreve was the county's 12th homicide this year.

Officers went to the home in the 700 block of Seaborne Court about 12: 30 a.m. after his roommate called from another location to report a disturbance, police said. They found the body inside the front door. Police said they had no suspect or weapon and knew of no motive.

Neighbors in the quiet, secluded neighborhood of homes on large lots said they had a difficult time believing that Holtgreve -- a bodybuilder who weighed more than 200 pounds -- would have been the victim of a beating.

"There wasn't anybody who was going to beat him to death," said Tammy Huber.

"When he first came here, he was yanking out trees by hand," said her husband, Frank Huber.

Neighbors and friends described Holtgreve as friendly and helpful. He owned an electrical company and moved to the neighborhood about two years ago.

Neighbors said Holtgreve enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and was a member of a south county motorcycle group.

One neighbor said the killing weakened her sense of security.

"Until now, we felt pretty safe being isolated on a dead-end street," said Ilse Zepp. "We thought we were on a little oasis close to everything and yet so private."

Pub Date: 12/25/96

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