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NRP Searches For Missing Boater In Galesville

Annapolis, Maryland (August 16, 2011) The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are currently searching for a missing boater in Tenthouse Creek, near Bayfield Road in Galesville, Md.

At 3 p.m. today, NRP received a call about an unoccupied vessel that was found on shore. An investigation revealed that boat belongs to Dean Dixon, 52, of Harwood, Md., who was crabbing in the area. Dixon was last heard from by a family member, who spoke to him on the phone at about 11 a.m.

NRP, Anne Arundel County Fire Department, and Anne Arundel County Aviation are searching for Dixon by vessel, air and with the help of divers. The search teams are also employing the use of side scan sonar to aid the search for Dixon.

NRP Special Operations Unit is conducting the investigation into the incident.

   August 16, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

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