Anne Arundel County police discovered a body on fire in a Millersville neighborhood early yesterday -- a death that investigators are treating as a homicide, said Lt. David D. Waltemeyer Jr., a police spokesman.
The body had not been identified, but police said the victim appeared to be a white male in his late teens or early 20s. He had a tattoo on his upper right arm that police described as an Indian design depicting a cattle skull with an arrow and tomahawk passing through it.
The body was discovered about 3 a.m. when an officer on routine patrol spotted a fire on the side of the road in the 300 block of Old Mill Road, police said. Using an extinguisher, the officer put out the flames, called homicide detectives and put up crime scene tape in the area, Waltemeyer said.
The neighborhood where the body was found is "a relatively quiet residential area with few crime issues," Waltemeyer said.
"We have no suspects; we're at the first step in this case trying to figure out who the victim is," Waltemeyer said.
The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Police said they were looking through missing-person reports for a matching description.
There were no 911 calls from the neighborhood Tuesday night or yesterday morning, Waltemeyer said, but he said there were reports of an explosion in the area that police believe was caused by a defective Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. transformer. Robert L. Gould, a spokesman with BGE, said the company had no reports of transformer problems in that area yesterday.
Police asked that anyone who saw suspicious people or vehicles in the neighborhood yesterday call 410-222-8610.