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At least one death in Washington County might be snowstorm-related

January 27, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — The death of at least one Washington County resident might have been related to Wednesday's snowstorm, authorities said.

A neighbor saw the man using a snowblower Thursday morning in the 20800 block of Netz Road, Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Robert “Jack” Willis said.

The neighbor looked out about 20 to 30 minutes later and saw the snowblower but not the man, Willis said.

“They walked out and found him face down in the snow,” said Willis, whose office was informed of the incident at about 9:50 a.m

Sheriff’s office officials responded to the scene off Md. 67 south of Boonsboro to make sure there was nothing suspicious about the death, Willis said.

It appeared the man died of natural causes, possibly a heart attack, Willis said.

Sheriff’s office officials said they were not sure if the man was pronounced dead at the scene or later.

Willis said he could not release the name of the man because he was not sure whether family members had been notified.

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