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Two Bodies Pulled from Susquehanna River

The Maryland State Police homicide division is handling the investigation.

UPDATED (7:45 p.m.)—Two unidentified bodies were pulled from the Susquehanna River Wednesday.

One was discovered north of the Conowingo Dam and other south, between three and four miles apart, according to a release from Maryland State Police. The bodies were described only as an adult female and an adult male.

State police spokesperson Greg Shipley said there was little information on the situation, which remained under investigation Wednesday evening.

Both bodies have been transported to the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, and autopsies are scheduled for Thursday. Police departments in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania have been alerted, and state police are attempting to identify the bodies and determine the causes of death.

Patch first reported Wednesday afternoon that one body was pulled from the river. Police said at that time there was little information, but the homicide division was investigating the situation.

A news release Wednesday evening confirmed the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is leading the investigation into both deaths.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m., troopers crossing the Conowingo Dam via U.S. Route 1 were stopped by workers on the dam. The workers reported having seen what they thought was a body in the river near the Harford County side of the dam. Around 10 a.m., Natural Resources Police recovered the body of a woman, which was transported to the Glen Cove Marina for examination before being transported to Baltimore.

While investigating the first recovery, officials were alerted to a second body seen in the water just before 2 p.m. Boaters south of the dam found the body of a man floating in the river. Natural Resources Police recovered the body before turning it over to Maryland State Police.

The Susquehanna River begins in Cooperstown, NY, and empties into the Chesapeake Bay in Havre de Grace. The Conowingo Dam is the southernmost dam on the Susquehanna River, located a little less than 10 miles north of Havre de Grace. River levels Wednesday indicated no more than 15 of the 53 flood control gates were open.

Patch will provide more information as it becomes available.

Diana April 21, 2011 at 09:06 PM
another report stated the female body was the missing NC teen Phylicia Barnes ... very sad to hear!

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