A former member of the College Park City Council, Joseph Robert Drewer, was found shot to death yesterday in a park about 1 1/2 miles from his home, Prince George's County police reported. They said he may have been killed during a robbery.
Drewer, 38, of 5004 Fox St., had been reported missing early yesterday by his wife Happy when he did not return home from a meeting of the state PTA Wednesday night in Landover, police said.
Police spokeswoman Carol Landrum said a person called police about 11 a.m. yesterday to report finding a body in Sweet Briar Park, located at the end of Richmond Avenue, a one-block street off of Cleveland Avenue near the College Park Airport.
Drewer had been shot once in the chest, Landrum said, and his biege 1983 Chevrolet van, wallet and other items were missing.
Late yesterday, many neighbors and associates of Drewer described him as a community-minded man who was known as a Good Samaritan. "In things he believed in, he was obviously very aggressive and appropriately outspoken," said College Park council member Michael J. Jacobs. "Joe as just a good community guy."
An accountant who worked out of his home, Drewer also taught business courses at Prince George's Community College, according to friends. He also was an active member of the state PTA Board of Directors and was a leader in the College Park Boys' and Girls' Club.
Drewer served one term on the College Park City Council, from 1979 to 1983. In 1982, he was the Republican candidate in the 3rd Councilmanic District, but lost to Democrat James Herl. This year he ran for the county school board, but was eliminated in the May primary.
He and his wife have three children, Robert, 8, Sara, 6, and Michael, 4.
A college spokeswoman said that Drewer received a bachelor of arts degree in business from Salisbury State College in Salisbury, Md., and a master's degree from Benjamin Franklin University in the District.
Drewer was quite popular in the neighborhood, according to Pete Barbera, a next-door neighbor who recalled a Halloween party that the Drewer family threw this year for children in their area. "He was a good family man, a very hard working man," Barbera remembered.
College Park council member Marilyn Baldwin said Drewer had a sense of humor. She recalled that on his last night as a councilman Drewer brought in a whirlygig, wound it up and let it fly, saying, "I'm off to more fun things now."