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Body found at Maryland state forest identified as man missing since 2017

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Posted at 1:43 PM, Mar 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-23 14:23:30-04

A body found in the woods last month has been identified as a man that has been missing since August of 2017.

David Gipson Smith, 28, was reported missing after coming to Maryland from his home in New Jersey to visit a friend. When he didn't return home, his parents called the police and reported him missing. 

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Smith's remains were found on February 25 by hikers in Green Ridge State Forest. He was recently identified through dental records. 

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Investigators are still unclear about the circumstances surrounding Smith's death. Anyone with information should contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.

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