PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Prince George's County Firefighters Find Bodies of Two Women In Wreckage of Burned Car.

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A 911 call about a car on fire led authorities in Prince George's County to a grisly scene yesterday: the bodies of two women in the car's trunk and back seat, law enforcement sources said.

Firefighters arrived at a house in the 11100 block of Webbwood Court in Upper Marlboro just before 4 a.m. to find a Toyota Camry in the driveway engulfed in flames, authorities said. When they put the blaze out and examined the vehicle, they found the two bodies, police said.

Officer Larry Johnson, a Prince George's police spokesman, said the bodies were "so badly burned" that they could not be identified, and that detectives do not have any suspects in the deaths. He said the car was stolen from a nearby house in the 10800 block of Woodlawn Boulevard, but its owner and the owner of the house on Webbwood Court appeared to have no connection to the victims.

Johnson said autopsies would be performed.

Bernadine Conrad, 70, said she was asleep about 3:30 a.m. yesterday when she was awakened by what sounded like a bomb. When she looked out her window, she saw the burning car in front of a vacant house next door.

Conrad called 911 and later told detectives that she did not see anyone running from the vacant house before or after the fire.

The incident marks the second time in recent months that two women have been killed in the neighborhood. Police have no information suggesting the cases are connected, Johnson said. At the end of January, a mother and daughter were shot to death in the 10800 block of Southall Drive, less than a half-mile from where the car was found. Police said those two women were probably killed by someone who knew them, but no arrests have been made.

Staff writers Aaron Davis and Ruben Castaneda contributed to this report.


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