Body of Silver Spring Man Is Found in Langley Park

By Candace Rondeaux
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 2, 2007

Police are investigating the homicide of a Silver Spring man whose body was found in Langley Park hours after his wife reported him missing, Prince George's County authorities said yesterday.

Carlos Leonel Cordon, 35, was reported missing about 12:35 a.m. yesterday. Cordon's wife, whose name was not released, called Montgomery County police after she became worried when her husband did not return home from work, police said.

Officer Melanie Hadley, a Montgomery police spokeswoman, said police received a description of Cordon but had no information about what he was wearing or how long he had been missing.

Cordon, the father of two young boys, was last seen at the Brentwood marble and granite works shop where he had been employed for several years, according to his brother-in-law, Rafael Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who also works at the marble shop, said Cordon seemed to be in good spirits when both arrived there about 7 a.m. Wednesday. Rodriguez, 38, last saw Cordon cutting a slab of marble about 9:30 a.m.

"Everything was fine. He seemed fine," Rodriguez said.

Yesterday morning, Cordon's wife began searching for her husband a few miles from the couple's home after relatives told her he might be in Langley Park near 14th Avenue, Prince George's police said.

Several hours later, Cordon's wife again called police when she discovered Cordon's Toyota 4-Runner parked near an apartment building in the 7900 block of 14th Avenue, authorities said.

When Prince George's police arrived about 7:15 a.m., a building maintenance engineer alerted the officers that he had found a body behind a building. Officers confirmed that it was Cordon and that he had been the victim of a homicide. It is not clear why Cordon was in the neighborhood, police said.

Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a Prince George's police spokesman, said details about the possible cause of death were not yet available.

Rodriguez said he did not know why Cordon was in the 14th Avenue area. His death was a shock to his family, Rodriguez said, adding, "He was a good father and a good person."

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