- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Arlington County police are investigating the suspicious deaths of two men found dead Tuesday morning inside an apartment in the Hall’s Hill neighborhood.

The men were identified as 59-year-old Keefe Spriggs, the apartment resident, and a friend, 31-year-old Carl Moten, police said.

A maintenance worker found the bodies inside an apartment in the 1900 block of N. Culpeper Street just after 10 a.m. He went into the apartment to check on the welfare of the occupant at the request of a woman who said she had been unable to reach anyone there, Arlington County police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said.

Outside the apartment, the man heard noise from a television that was on inside the home, Mr. Sternbeck said. He went inside when no one answered the door and found the bodies of Mr. Spriggs and Mr. Moten. Police have not yet been able to confirm how they died.

“The investigation process is just beginning,” Mr. Sternbeck said.

Detectives from the homicide and robbery unit are investigating the deaths, though this case has not been ruled a homicide.

Arlington County has had two homicides in the past two weeks, an unusual occurrence given the last homicide before that happened more than two years ago.

On July 24, police said a man killed his wife and then himself in their Shirlington apartment.

Three days later, police counted their second homicide of the year when a jewelry shop owner was killed during a robbery. One man has been arrested and charged in that case.

Before the most recent slayings, the last homicide in the county was in March 2010. In that case, a 20-year-old man was fatally stabbed in the upper body.

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