Shore public defender, 40, found dead in pickup truck

A lawyer with the Wicomico County public defender's office was found dead in his parked pickup truck early yesterday, and state police were investigating.

The body of Anthony T. Carozza, 40, was found about 4 a.m. in his truck, which was parked beside a recreational complex in Fruitland, just south of Salisbury.


Maj. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman, said there was no evidence of foul play. He declined further comment and would not discuss the cause of death.

Carozza was last seen as he left work Monday afternoon. Officers from the Fruitland Police Department discovered the truck after his wife called state police about 2 a.m. to report him missing.


Investigators from the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation were joined by state police detectives, including members of a homicide unit based in Easton. Carozza's body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore. A preliminary report might be filed late today, Shipley said.

Connie Marvel, the district public defender who heads the Salisbury office, did not return phone calls.

Carozza lived in Salisbury's Coulborn Mill Village neighborhood with his wife, the former Gail Gibbs, a son, 12, and a daughter, 10.

"He was the epitome of a family guy," said Gains Hawkins, a neighbor who ran several marathons with Carozza. "He loved life, lived to coach his kids in baseball and soccer."

Carozza was the brother of Mary Beth Carozza, the deputy chief of staff for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.