On Monday, March 2, Kevin Cooper, 24, of Elkton, was also taken into custody by the Maryland State Police Apprehension Team. He was in custody at Cecil Sheriff's Office with murder and other charges pending.
Captain Steve Brownhill of the Cecil Sheriff's Office said that no additional suspects are wanted in relation to this case. "All suspects in custody," said Captain Brownhill.
Two people have been charged with first degree murder and other offenses in connection with a double homicide in Elkton last Wednesday.
Ellen Lough, 27, of the unit block of Brenda Street, Port Deposit, and Derrick Lamonte Carroll, 25, of the 200 block of Mike Drive Elkton, have been charged with two counts of first degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, one count of burglary first degree, and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary first degree.
Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the caller, identified as a family member. Based on the circumstances provided, deputies on scene entered the residence. Deputies located two deceased subjects inside the residence. The deceased have been identified as Earl Herbert Loomis, and his wife Mary Ann Loomis, 76.
Sheriff’s Office investigators worked with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office. It was determined that both victims were murdered by asphyxiation. No further details are being released concerning the manner to ensure that the investigation is not compromised. The victims were the occupants and owners of the residence.
Sheriff’s Office investigators were contacted by the Elkton, Maryland Police Department just after the murders were reported. Elkton Police investigators advised that they had recently handled a similar home invasion burglary on Delaware Avenue in Elkton. Elkton Police investigators advised that they had an outstanding warrant for that case for Carroll. Sheriff’s Office investigators gained knowledge that Carroll was familiar with the victims and the contents of the residence through a relationship with a family member of the victims.
Multiple credit cards, US currency, a large quantity of firearms, and a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 truck were stolen from the residence during the incident. The stolen vehicle was later recovered in White Marsh, Maryland. Investigators spoke with numerous individuals during the investigation who gave information linking Carroll (street name of Drako) to the homicide. Also, information was developed that Mr. Carroll had fled to Trenton, New Jersey. On Thursday February 26, 2015, law enforcement in New Jersey arrested Carroll on the outstanding warrant through the Elkton Police Department. Mr. Carroll is currently being held in New Jersey awaiting extradition to Maryland.
Sheriff’s Office investigators have worked with several law enforcement agencies during the investigation including the Elkton, Maryland Police Department, Maryland State Police, Maryland Transportation Authority, Baltimore County Police Department, United States Marshals Office, Department of Homeland Security, and several law enforcement agencies in New Jersey over the past three days. Several search and seizure warrants have been executed in Maryland and New Jersey regarding the homicide.
Investigators spoke with individuals who also had knowledge that Mr. Carroll was in possession of the firearms from the victims’ residence. Investigators learned that at one point the firearms had been transported to a residence in Port Deposit, Maryland. Investigators gained knowledge that Lough was involved in the crime.
Through interviews, investigators determined that Ms. Lough had been involved in the pre-planning of the homicide and had accompanied Mr. Carroll to the residence where the homicide occurred. Ms. Lough was arrested during the early morning hours of February 28, for her part in the double homicide. Lough was reviewed by a District Court Commissioner and is being held at the Cecil County Correctional Facility on no bond.
Based on the investigation, it was determined that the homicide occurred on Sunday February 22. Also, information was provided that Mr. Carroll had been contemplating this crime for approximately ten years. Sheriff’s Office investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for Carroll for the double homicide. Carroll is still in New Jersey awaiting extradition to Maryland.
It is believed that other individuals were involved in the commission of this crime. Sheriff’s Office investigators, along with other law enforcement agencies are actively attempting to identify and locate these individuals.
Anyone with information can contact Detective Chris Lewis at 410 392 2111 or Crime Stoppers at 1 866 7LOCKUP.