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Body found in city

November 03, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Police Department this morning was investigating the suspicious death of a man found in a puddle of blood on grass near a pharmacy on North Cannon Avenue.

Detective Christopher Kayser said police are investigating the man's death as suspicious. At about 9 a.m., Kayser was loading brown paper grocery-sized bags into the trunk of a police cruiser outside the Russo's Rx pharmacy on North Cannon Avenue, which is across the street from CVS Pharmacy and McDonald's.

Capt. Charles Summers said the man was a white male who appeared to be in his mid-20s to mid-30s. He did not appear to be homeless, Summers said.

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The body will be sent to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Russo's Rx owner Dave Russo said he came to work at about 8 a.m. and saw that the lawn to the north of his business was cordoned off.

A dull maroon van and a dark purple Dodge Neon were cordoned inside the tape, which extended from Russo's building across the alley, alongside the alley, which runs to North Mulberry Street, to a chain-link fence where the tape circled back around.

Russo said a woman who lived near his business was taking her child to school and found the body.

Sgt. Fred Wolford said police units were at the scene before 7 a.m.

A Western Maryland Regional Crime Lab van sat outside the cordoned area, but Wolford said forensic scientists were at another location.

Wolford pointed out that the man was found at the base of a tree near a rock jutting from the grass, which was patchy and covered with dead leaves and debris.

"He was kind of laying there in a puddle of blood to the right of" the rock, Wolford said.

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