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Maryland Natural Resources Police Blotter

Frederick County- On July 14, 2009, at approx. 2:30 pm, the Maryland Natural Resource Police (NRP) received information about an overdue boater from the Brunswick Police Department. The manager of the Brunswick Family Campground reported that a person had not returned from putting a boat into the Potomac River. Upon further investigation, Officers of NRP obtained information from a vehicle and boat trailer parked near the Brunswick boat ramp that the vehicle belonged to Richard Leon Corrick, 61, of Haw River, North Carolina. Mr. Corrick was reported last seen by the manager of the campground on Monday July 13, 2009 near his truck. Mr. Corrick’s 17 foot Alumacraft Boat was not on the trailer. NRP officers organized a search to locate the missing boater. NRP patrol boats were used to search the Potomac River and the Maryland State Police searched the river by air in Trooper 3. NRP officers contacted Mr. Corrick’s wife in North Carolina. The wife advised that Mr. Corrick had a cell phone with him. NRP officers contacted Mr. Corrick by cell phone and he advised that he was fine. Mr. Corrick was located on an island near Knoxville, MD. He planned to spend the week on the river camping.

NRP advises when setting out on camping, boating or fishing trips please leave a float plan with friends or relatives. The plan should include the vessel’s destination, how long it will remain at the destination, and what time it’s expected to return. This information will assist rescue units if the vessel does not return. The Maryland Natural Resources Police emergency number is 800-628-9944.

   July 15, 2009

Contact: Sgt. Art Windemuth

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 249 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

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