Police identify teen suspect who drowned in Severn

May 26, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Anne Arundel County police have identified a teenager who drowned Saturday after he allegedly tried to break into a Crownsville home.

Patrick Thomas Morissette, 17, of Bowie drowned in the Severn River shortly after police responded to a report of a break-in from a resident in the 1000 block of Tudor Drive.

The resident said he saw a man fitting Morissette's description trying to break through his back door about 5 a.m. and then leave through the back yard. Police said they scoured the area with police dogs, and then spotted Morissette singing and talking to himself while swimming in the Severn.

While officers were arranging for a boat to help bring the burglary suspect to shore, he disappeared from sight, police said. His body was found more than three hours later, after a search involving county firefighters, Maryland Natural Resources Police, U.S. Coast Guard officers and state police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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