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Man found stabbed in Hancock

June 14, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - A man with what authorities believe were self-inflicted stab wounds was found Friday in Hancock's Widmeyer Park.

The man was taken to Washington County Hospital in critical condition, according to Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies.

Hancock Town Manager David Smith was the first to spot the man.

"He was outside his car on the ground," Smith said.

Sometimes people will sleep in vehicles in the park, but Smith was suspicious because the man was on the ground.

A closer check by a town employee revealed the man was in possession of a knife and had stab wounds to his body, Smith said.

"There was a suicide note," said Smith, who estimated the man was in his 30s. The car had Virginia tags.

A call was made to the 911 center in Hagerstown at 8:01 a.m. Hancock ambulance personnel took the man to the hospital, dispatchers said.

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Lt. Thomas Newton of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said the incident was being investigated. He said the man had four stab wounds.

Smith said he was meeting with someone at the park about the ongoing swimming pool restoration when he spotted the man.

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