Senior citizen killed in Salisbury home invasion

SALISBURY, Md. - A 72-year-old man was killed in an apparent home invasion in Salisbury, according to Maryland State Police.

Another man was injured, although state police are not identifying the victim due to concerns for his safety, according to a release.

Donald G. Mariner, 72, of the 27000 block of Pemberton Drive, was pronounced dead in his home by emergency medical responders. The victim, who survived the break-in, told investigators he was beaten by a blunt object. He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The release does not specify any injuries sustained by Mariner. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.

The release states that a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt broke into the home at about 1 a.m. Sgt. Marc Black, a spokesman for Maryland State Police, said it had not yet been determined if anything was stolen from the home.

The investigation is ongoing.

From the release:

Investigators are encouraging anyone with information concerning this home invasion to contact the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack at 410-749-3101.  The Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect. They can be contacted at 410-548-1776.  Callers may remain anonymous.

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