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Missing man, 80, found dead near ice cream plant

June 19, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

An 80-year-old man reported missing by Ravenwood Lutheran Village was found dead Sunday, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.

Kenneth Leon Hanlin was found lying on the ground of the water treatment plant at 8:17 a.m. at Good Humor-Breyer's by an employee, police said. Police said they believe he died of natural causes, but the Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore will perform an autopsy.

Jodi Murphy, executive director at Ravenwood, said Hanlin was well-liked by residents at the assisted-living facility. Hanlin often signed out from the facility to go shopping or take walks, but he usually returned for meals, Murphy said. Hanlin, who left at 1:03 p.m. Saturday, was reported missing when he did not return, according to a story Sunday in The Herald-Mail.

"He was just going on a shopping errand," Murphy said Sunday.

Hanlin was going to Dollar General on Wilson Boulevard, according to police. He was found within a few blocks of Ravenwood and the store.

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According to Murphy, Hanlin did not have dementia that required more intensive care than the facility provides its 40 residents.

"He did not have dementia that would have warranted being in a nursing home or any special facility like that," said Murphy.

Both Murphy and Hagerstown Police Sgt. Dave Long said Sunday they believed Hanlin died of natural causes. Gates around the water-treatment plant were open from about 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, and police believed Hanlin walked in, Long said.

"There's no indication of any type of foul play. It certainly appears to be natural causes," Long said.

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