March 15, 2011

Police search surveillance tapes in Lululemon murder

The brutal murder of Jayna Murray was not captured on surveillance video inside the Lululemon Athletica store in Bethesda, but detectives are combing through tapes from nearby businesses in efforts to identify the two masked suspects.

"There was no tape in the store," says Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks, "but we have lots of other tape to review."

The autopsy by the Maryland Office of Chief Medical Examiner specifies Murray died of blunt force trauma. Murray and a female coworker locked the yoga store at 9:45 p.m. Friday. After realizing they forgot something, the woman returned, and entered the front door of the Bethesda Row store at 10:05 p.m., Police Chief Thomas Manger says.

"We're hoping to get people to focus on the time between 10 and 11," a source familiar with the investigation tells WTOP.

"We're hoping someone saw something either in the front or the back of the store."

Manger says police have found no evidence that either victim knew the attackers. The men wore dark clothing, gloves and ski masks. Police believe one man was 6 feet tall, the other 5-foot-3 inches tall.

"No one could have planned this crime against these particular women," says a source, considering the randomness of two employees returning to a locked store.

"These guys were out there, with masks and gloves -- apparently ready to commit some criminal act," says Starks.

Police say the violent and sexual nature of the attacks does not appear to be part of a pattern. SOURCE: WTOP

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