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Police identify man found dead in wooded area in Hagerstown

February 25, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Hagerstown Police officers and detectives wait for the medical examiner to arrive at the scene where a man's body was found Friday near West Antietam Street.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Hagerstown police have identified a man found dead Friday morning in a wooded area near the intersection of West Antietam Street and South Burhans Boulevard in the city.

The man was identified as Lewis Meadows, 45, of no fixed address, Sgt. Eric Knode said Friday night.

The cause and manner of death had not been determined, Knode said.

"Given first glance, it looks like it was natural causes. (He) was probably a homeless person," Police Chief Arthur Smith said earlier Friday.

Smith said the dead man's wallet was found on the body, but his identity would not be released until his family could be notified.

Meadows was wearing sneakers and black clothes, and lying face down in the snow. An empty bottle of vodka was found nearby.

The medical examiner and the police department's Criminal Investigation Division were called to the scene, as was the Community Rescue Service.

The area where Meadows was found is about 100 yards behind the former R.D. McKee building in the 300 block of West Antietam Street.

It was the second time in a little more than a year that a man had been found dead in that area.

On Jan. 10, 2010, the body of a homeless man, identified as John Charles Streeks, 58, was found on railroad property behind the McKee building.

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