Fisherman was slain, police say Wife and friend found the body

February 20, 1993

The death of a 34-year-old Westminster man, whose body was found by the Monocacy River near Harney after he failed to return from a fishing trip, has been ruled a homicide.

Maryland State Police investigators at the Westminster barracks said an autopsy by the state medical examiner's office yesterday determined that William Charles Prodoehl of the 1100 block of Singer Drive was slain.

Mr. Prodoehl's body was found by his wife, Gina, and Roy Robertson, a family friend who lived with the couple, about noon Thursday near Starner's Dam, off the 4500 block of Baptist Road, state police said.

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

"Everybody's a suspect," Sergeant Hoffman said last night.

"We've got a homicide and we've got to treat this investigation like we have one."

State police were called to the scene about 12:15 p.m. Thursday. They noted the injury to the body but did not find a weapon.

The death was initially classified as "unattended."

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