Fisherman's body found by his wife Discovery is near Starner's Dam

February 19, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

A 34-year-old Westminster man was found dead in lightly wooded area of Harney yesterday after he failed to return from a fishing trip Wednesday night.

William Charles Prodoehl of the 1100 block of Singer Drive was found by his wife and a family friend about noon yesterday near Starner's Dam, off the 4500 block of Baptist Road, state police said.

Sgt. Donald Hoffman, criminal section supervisor at the Westminster state police barracks, said Mr. Prodoehl was found lying on his back and had a head injury.

Sergeant Hoffman said police are classifying Mr. Prodoehl's death as "unattended" pending an examination today by the state medical examiner in Baltimore.

State police were called to the scene about 12:15 p.m. yesterday. Neither the time nor the cause of Mr. Prodoehl's death could be determined at the scene, the sergeant said.

"We don't know the cause of death, and we won't know until after the post-mortem examination tomorrow afternoon," he said.

"I'm not trying to hide anything; I just don't know anything," the sergeant said.

Mr. Prodoehl had left his home between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday to go fishing alone in the lightly wooded area near Starner's Dam along the Monocacy River, the sergeant said.

"He was missing sometime late that evening," Sergeant Hoffman said.

"There was no set time he had to be home."

The sergeant said Mr. Prodoehl was a construction worker and the father of two children.

Family members declined last night to provide any information about Mr. Prodoehl.

Residents in the neighborhood said they didn't know much about him or the family.

Tfc. John Wisniewski is the investigating officer for the case, Sergeant Hoffman said.

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