Body of Havre de Grace Man Found at Conowingo Dam Tuesday
Police said the man was identified as Scott Hammer by his driver's license and clothing.
Nearly two months after Scott Hammer's wife reported him missing and a vehicle registered to them was abandoned near the Conowingo Dam, police said his body was found in the Susquehanna River.
Hammer, 57, lived on the 300 block of Bourbon Street in Havre de Grace.
Maryland State Police said that just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, workers at the Conowingo Dam reported seeing a body on a rock when the water level subsided.
Since the area was not accessible by foot or by boat, a Maryland State Police helicopter flew in and lowered two flight paramedics with a rescue basket down to the body, according to police.
The body was placed in the rescue basket and hoisted from the river, Maryland State Police said. It has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.
Authorities said they identified Scott Hammer by his driver’s license and clothing.
Hammer was reported missing on Jan. 2, the same day that a Mazda registered to him and his wife was discovered near the Conowingo Dam on Route 1 with its emergency flashers on and the engine running.
Troopers from the North East Barrack contacted Havre de Grace police, who said they visited the Hammers' home that day, where the wife reported her husband missing.
The Susquehanna Hose Company and other teams participated in a search of the area near the Conowingo Dam that evening but did not find anything.
Natural Resources Police conducted daily searches of the area in the weeks following the Jan. 2 incident.
In mid-January, the lead investigator in the case told the Cecil Whig that state troopers were also checking the area near the Conowingo Dam during daylight hours but were not doing more extensive searches because the death was ruled suicide.
In early February, The Dagger reported that a memorial concert was held in tribute to Hammer in Abingdon.
“Scott is almost single-handedly the reason there is a thriving music scene in Harford County today," one drummer told the City Paper before the event.
Hammer was the founder of CODA Records in Bel Air.