Body found in Back River ID'd 4 years later

Posted at 11:08 AM, Sep 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-16 11:08:13-04

The body of a man found floating in the Back River has been identified – nearly four years later – with the help of DNA testing.

Shortly after 1 p.m. on September 8, 2011, the body of a man was found without clothes, floating in the Back River under the I-695 bridge. While investigators found no signs of foul play, they also found no clues about who the man was.

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Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Department investigated the death, checked missing person reports in Baltimore County and the city and reached out to Baltimore Police for more information on their cases.

In 2012, police had a forensic reconstruction of the skull done and released forensic sketches of what the man may have looked like in hopes of identifying him.

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This month, DNA results from the University of North Texas finally helped identify the man as William H. Bagley, 79, of the 1800 block of Woodbourne Avenue in Baltimore.

Police say he had mental challenges and was reported missing from his home Aug. 22, 2011.