Bel Air man's body found in Harford park Hypothermia suspected as cause of death, DNR says

December 09, 1996|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

The body of a Bel Air man was discovered in a wooded area of the Susquehanna State Park in Harford County early yesterday, a spokeswoman from the Department of Natural Resources said.

Andrew Frederick Kingerly, 40, of the 1500 block of Fountain Glen Drive was pronounced dead yesterday after apparently suffering from hypothermia, said Patricia Manown, a DNR spokeswoman.

"There was nothing suspicious on his body to indicate that trauma had occurred," Manown said. "It seems to be leaning more toward exposure."

Temperatures in the park dropped well below freezing Saturday, and sleet and rain were reported, said Paul Bullerman, a park employee. Kingerly had been wearing a light down jacket and tennis shoes, Manown said.

Saturday afternoon a state park ranger noticed that Kingerly's van had been parked on a road in the park for more than five hours, Manown said.

His wife, Christine Kingerly, was contacted Saturday evening and said her husband left the house about 7 a.m. Saturday after a fight they had Friday night, Manown said.

After searching about eight hours, eight park rangers, two state police troopers, two volunteers and two bloodhounds found Kingerly's body on the Deer Creek peninsula, Manown said.

An autopsy is set for today, the state medical examiner said.

Pub Date: 12/09/96

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