Police investigate man's body found in Arundel field

July 10, 1999|By La Quinta Dixon | La Quinta Dixon,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Anne Arundel County police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found yesterday afternoon amid flattened stalks in a cornfield near rural Waysons Corner.

Police said the unidentified man appeared to have been the victim of a homicide, but would not disclose whether there were wounds apparent on the body -- spotted by a passer-by driving in the area along Plummer Lane, who called the authorities about 12: 25 p.m.

"The driver got out of the vehicle and walked into the field and found what appeared to be a body," said Lt. Jeff Kelly, a county police spokesman. The man noticed an area that looked like a tractor or some other vehicle had plowed about 80 feet into the field, flattening the six-foot-tall cornstalks in a path leading to the body, Kelly said.

Kelly said there was no identification on the body. He said detectives were not ready to release details about clothing and anything found in the cornfield, which was combed for evidence by police officers.

Police said the body did not appear to have decomposed. It was left untouched in the cornfield as police searched for evidence for five hours until a representative from the state medical examiner's office arrived at about 5: 30 p.m.

Police were awaiting results from an autopsy that was to be performed this morning at the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore.

Residents of the area -- in southwestern Arundel, a short distance from the Prince George's County border -- were being questioned about whether they had seen any suspicious activity in the hours before the body was found.

The cornfield is located in southwestern Anne Arundel County.

Sun staff writer Devon Spurgeon contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 7/10/99

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