FBI to check fingerprints of drowning victim

May 24, 2004

In an attempt to identify a boy who drowned in the Severn River on Saturday, Anne Arundel County police took the boy's fingerprints yesterday and sent them to the FBI, county police Sgt. William Collier said.

Collier said the youth, who was pulled from the Severn about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, had no identification nor identifying marks such as tattoos, nor did the body match any descriptions in the county's missing-persons file. The FBI will check the fingerprints against a national database.

Police had been called to a Crownsville home early Saturday after a homeowner saw a boy trying to break through his back door. Police later saw a person they believed was the suspect swimming in the Severn River. Before a boat could reach the scene, the swimmer disappeared from sight. A body was later found in the river.

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