Skull found behind South River High identified as that of Edgewater man, 53

October 15, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel County police have identified the skull found behind South River High School Monday as that of an Edgewater man with Alzheimer's disease who was reported missing in May.

Forensics experts used dental records and missing persons reports to identify James McKelvey Bailey, 53, said Capt. Michael Fitzgibbons, commander of the Criminal Investigations Division.

Mr. Bailey was reported missing to county police May 14 by a friend with whom he lived in Edgewater, Captain Fitzgibbons said.

Mr. Bailey had been reported missing 13 times before, he said, and police had found him twice before in the woods behind the school.

"The other times he was reported missing he either returned home on his own or was found wandering along the roads in the Edgewater area," Captain Fitzgibbons said.

Mr. Bailey also was diagnosed as a manic depressive, the captain said.

Police plan to use a specially trained dog from Baltimore County police to search the woods today for the remainder of the skeleton, Captain Fitzgibbons said.

"We don't know if we will ever find out exactly how he died," he said, adding that detectives will continue to investigate the case.

The skull was found Monday by two students from the high school. It still had hair attached to the crown and fillings in the teeth. The boys had gone to the woods behind the school's football field to smoke, one boy's mother said.

Frightened, the boys went back to class and did not report their find until that afternoon when one of them told his mother, who went to investigate and called police.

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