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Decomposed body found on river

July 19, 1997

By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Staff Writer

SANDY HOOK - A fisherman found a partially decomposed body at Dam No. 3 on the Potomac River in Washington County near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Maryland State Police said.

Police said the body, which could not be positively identified, may be that of a 60-year-old local woman reported missing Jan. 1. The woman's vehicle was found about four miles upstream from where the body was recovered.

Police refused to release the name of the missing woman.

Alleine Grace Mills, 60, of 9704 Clover Heights Road, was reported missing Jan. 1 after family members said she left the house and did not return, police said at the time. The silver and gray 1986 Chevrolet Caprice she drove was found abandoned off Limekiln Road along the C&O Canal tow path. At the time, a state police bloodhound searched the area without success.

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Mills was a housekeeper for Willis Clipp, 77, of 9704 Clover Heights Road, Clipp said Friday.

"I'd been hoping ever since she left that she would show up again sometime," Clipp said.

Clipp said it was his car Mills drove Dec. 31, saying she was going to a doctor's appointment.

A check with the doctor's office later showed he wasn't taking any appointments that day, Clipp said.

"She was a wonderful woman. You couldn't get anybody else any better to look after you," he said.

The fisherman reported finding the body to National Park Service employees on the C&O Canal, police said. The employees notified state police and the Maryland Natural Resources Police, who removed the body from the river.

The body was then taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

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