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NRP Finds Body of Missing Person

Flintstone, Md. (November 21, 2011) - After an intensive search of Green Ridge State Forest, the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) recovered the body of James H. Wilson, 75, from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin at 9 a.m. this morning.

The search for Wilson began yesterday, November 20 at 12:30 p.m., after his unattended vehicle was discovered on Carroll Road in Green Ridge State Forest near Flintstone, in Allegany County. After nearly a day of searching, his body was recovered approximately three-quarters of a mile from where his disabled vehicle was located in a steep, remote ravine within the 44,000-acre forest.

More than 50 volunteers scoured the heavily wooded area on foot, by ATV and by air. The search included; NRP, the Maryland Forest Service, Maryland Park Rangers, NRP Reserve Officers, volunteer search groups, the Chesapeake Search Dog, Mason Dixon Search and Rescue, Maryland Search and Rescue and the Mountaineer Area Search Group.

Preliminary investigation reveals that Wilsonís vehicle became stuck on Carroll Road, sometime between November 12 and19. There are indications that Wilson left his vehicle and walked three-quarters of a mile downstream into a remote ravine. Investigators believe he died from exposure to the elements.


   November 21, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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