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Decomposed body is found in wooded area

November 05, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

A badly decomposed body was found in a wooded area south of Hagerstown Monday, and Maryland State Police said there were few clues to help them determine the identity of the body or cause of death.

"A forensic pathologist from the Maryland State Medical Examiner's office in Baltimore will be coming up (today) to examine the remains," said Lt. Bud Frank, state police spokesman in Pikesville.

Frank said a person went to the state police barrack at 12:50 p.m. Monday to report finding the skeletal remains while hunting earlier Monday.

Troopers were sent to the area to secure the site and preserve any evidence that might be important to the investigation now under way, Frank said.

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The site was to be guarded through the night, he said.

"There is some clothing but no identification on the body," Frank said. "We can't even tell the gender of the body."

Frank said investigators were combing through missing persons files in an attempt to aid in the identification process.

"No connections have been found as of yet," Frank said.

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