District and Montgomery County homicide detectives are investigating the shooting deaths of two cousins from New York whose bodies were discovered early Saturday along Washington-area roadsides about 12 miles apart, authorities said yesterday.

A newspaper carrier found the body of Devon Anthony Steer, 23, about 5:30 a.m. in the 13300 block of Holdridge Road in Wheaton. Montgomery police Sgt. Gary Smith said that Steer appeared to have been shot shortly before his body was found. Steer's car was found at 5 a.m. in Silver Spring, police said. The vehicle had been severely burned. Smith said some of the car's contents are being examined, but authorities have not been able to identify many of the objects.

The body of Steer's cousin, Lauthen Anthony Trewick, 20, was discovered about 3:25 a.m. beside Eastern Avenue at Juniper Street, District police said. Police said he had been shot in the head.

Smith said that the men, both from the Bronx, had been visiting friends in the Washington area. No arrest has been made and no motive has been established, he said. He said the two victims were shot in a "similar manner" and at close range.t of the ... stadium complex."

Herbert Belgrad is chairman of the authority, which was founded in 1986 by then Gov. Harry Hughes.

Schaefer credited Mason for his work on the stadium plan that was submitted to and approved by the Legislature earlier this year.