Police Department asks for public's help after...

Arundel Digest

October 14, 2001

Police Department asks for public's help after suspicious death

Anne Arundel County police are asking for the public's help in determining how a Baltimore teen-ager spent the week before he was found dead in the Patapsco River on Tuesday.

The body of Fernando Miranda Garcia, 18, of the 400 block of S. Collington Ave. in Baltimore, was discovered by a fisherman along the shoreline near Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum.

FOR THE RECORD - In Sunday's Anne Arundel edition, an article on a community meeting carried the wrong date. The meeting, to discuss building and sustaining a diverse community, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater.
The Sun regrets the error.

Autopsy results to determine how Garcia died are pending, but county police are investigating his death as suspicious, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a police spokesman.

Garcia was reported missing to Baltimore police Sept. 29. He was last seen getting out of a silver-colored car on Broadway in Fells Point on Oct. 3, Ravenell said. Garcia told a friend that he was living in the Silver Spring area.

Garcia, who was known to occasionally dress as a woman, also went by the name Jennifer, police said.

Anyone with information about the victim is asked to call Detective Richard Alban, 410-222-3458, or the county police tip line, 410-923-4543.

Town forum to discuss multiracial communities

A community forum will discuss building and sustaining a diverse community at 7 p.m. Tuesday at South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater.

The forum, which follows several race-related crimes, will be coordinated by the county offices of human relations, human services, and community and constituent services.

Information: 410-222-1234 or 301-970-8250.

Surveys to be distributed on Bay, Nice bridges

The Maryland Transportation Authority will distribute travel surveys to motorists crossing the Bay Bridge and the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge on Wednesday.

The surveys were designed to track commuter patterns so that officials can determine the needs of the two bridges.

Officials say they do not expect delays on the spans as a result of distributing the surveys.

Cancer prevention topic of reception

The RESPECT Foundation Inc. will hold an information reception as part of a new cancer-prevention program from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Family Life Center at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 730 Bestgate Road, Annapolis.

The foundation, a minority health improvement organization, is working with the Anne Arundel County Health Department to reduce cancer rates among African-Americans by building a network of church and neighborhood groups to educate residents about cancer prevention.

Dr. Leland Spencer, medical consultant to the county's reproductive health programs, will speak.

The master of ceremonies will be Stan Saunders, a television broadcaster with WJZ, Channel 13. The Stansbury Singers will perform.

Information: 410-571-7991.

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