Body of man found on beach

21-year-old missing since December accident on Bay Bridge

March 01, 2006|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

The body of a 21-year-old Queenstown man who disappeared after an accident on the Bay Bridge in December was found on a beach in Stevensville last weekend, according to the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office.

Joshua Bowie Homer, 21, of Queenstown was driving a Nissan sedan on the westbound span Dec. 16 when he rear-ended a Ford truck driven by Lorraine Marie Watson, 33, of Grasonville. He disappeared immediately after the accident.

Homer "either climbed over the rail to hide under the bridge and could have fallen or he could have jumped off the bridge," said Cpl. J.D. Hofmann, who investigated the case for the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office.

His body was discovered Saturday afternoon by two children walking along the beach in the 7400 block of Kent Point Road in Stevensville, Hofmann said.

A 20-year-old woman was sleeping in the passenger seat of the car Homer was driving when police arrived. Police have not identified her, but Hofmann said that the woman and Homer had been drinking in a bar or restaurant before the accident.

A preliminary report from the state medical examiner's office indicated that there were "wounds consistent with falling from the bridge," Hofmann said. He said that the bridge rises 56 feet from the bay in the area where the accident occurred. There were no wounds to suggest that Homer had been hit by another vehicle before falling, Hofmann said.

The autopsy is not complete and Hofmann said it is not clear whether Homer died from the impact of the fall, from drowning or from hypothermia.

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