CONOWINGO, Md. - Investigators returned to the desolate area along Route 222 today searching for any evidence of foul play after a gruesome discovery here on Thursday afternoon.
"It was someone who was walking in the area who discovered the deceased person and telephoned the Sheriff's Office," said Lt. Michael Holmes of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
The wooded space between the Susquehanna River and the nearby road of the same name is a virtual "no man's land" frequented only by an occasional fisherman or roadside partiers, but it certainly could be a place to dispose of a body.
"It's a very isolated area,” said Holmes, “It's the area between Port Deposit and Conowingo, Maryland where the Conowingo Dam is at. The roadway is often used as a means of transport from the dam to Interstate 95."
Adding to the mystery---a series of days with a heat index, which topped the 100-degree mark that has caused rapid decomposition and thus far, no existing missing persons case in the county has produced any match.
"At this time, we are not able to release very many details, but the investigation is ongoing and we are currently working with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in reference to the investigation," said Holmes.
"Do we know male? Female? Young? Old?" we asked.
"That has not been established yet and we're not able to release that," he replied.
While police have not ruled out foul play, they stop short of alerting people in that area of any need to be concerned.
"We're not aware of a public threat in that area and if that was something we would be able to determine, we would definitely let the public know," said Holmes, "Anybody who may have information in that area, we would welcome phone calls to the Sheriff's Office at 410-996-5500."