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Police know identity of dead man, but not releasing name

August 19, 2013

Authorities have identified a man who was found dead Sunday in the 16400 block of Broadfording Road northwest of Hagerstown, but have not yet released his name, a spokeswoman for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Monday afternoon.

Deputy 1st Class Carly Hose said the sheriff’s office is not releasing the name due to the ongoing investigation.

The body was taken to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, the sheriff’s office said.

Hose said Monday afternoon that parts of the autopsy have been completed, but she did not have any details.

On Sunday afternoon, a passerby walking in the area saw the body and alerted the sheriff’s office, which responded at about 5 p.m.

Deputies found the body of a white male in an overgrown area along Broadfording Road next to a bridge that crosses the Conococheague Creek between Hagerstown and Clear Spring, the sheriff’s office said.

The man, who had no identification with him, was found next to a guardrail near the bridge, which is in an area that is a mix of homes, woods and open fields.

The sheriff’s office has not released further information about the incident, including whether investigators suspect foul play.

“We’re actively investigating,” Hose said at the scene Sunday.

The man appeared to be more than 30 years old, Hose has said. She declined to say if the man had any visible marks on him.

Police at the scene took photographs where the man was lying. After the body was removed, police continued searching through the overgrown area.

A medical examiner also responded to inspect the body.

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— C.J. Lovelace

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