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Body of 25-year-old Hagerstown man found in Conococheague Creek

Corey Adam Clopein was reported to have gone fishing, but had not returned home

July 25, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Conococheague Creek at the Fairview Road (Md. 494) bridge, downstream from where a body was found Thursday.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Authorities responding to a report of a deceased person in Conococheague Creek Thursday afternoon found the body of a 25-year-old Hagerstown man in the stream off Fairview Road in the Fairview area, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

The body was identified as Corey Adam Clopein, who lived in the nearby area, according to Deputy 1st Class Carly Hose, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. 

Clopein’s body was found near a bridge that carries Fairview Road across the creek at the intersection of Wishard Road northwest of Maugansville, about a half mile upstream from the span along Wishard Road on the east side of the creek, Hose said.

The sheriff’s office, which was notified of the body at 4:30 p.m., is continuing the investigation, although it does not appear that foul play was involved, Hose said.

She said it was unclear Thursday evening what caused Clopein’s death.

A medical examiner responded to the scene to inspect the body, which will be sent to Baltimore for an autopsy at the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death, Hose said.

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Deputies were told that Clopein had gone fishing. After the family had not heard from him in a while, a family member went to the creek and found him, Hose said.

Clopein was found in a shallow section of the creek, where the water was roughly shin-deep, Hose said.

“It’s not an area where someone would go swimming,” Hose said near the scene.

Clopein had what appeared to be fishing equipment with him, and apparently was alone when the incident occurred, Hose said.

Earlier in the day, Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said the case was being treated as a crime scene until authorities could rule out the possibility of foul play.

 “We always do that,” Mullendore said. “It’s my understanding it was an accident.”

 A fire-police officer prevented media gathered at the scene from walking up to the site of the recovery.  

  Staff Writer Dan Dearth contributed to this story.

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