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Maryland Natural Resources Police Recovered the Body of Missing Eleven Year Old

Kennedyville, MD - On July 26, 2009, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police recovered the body of the missing eleven year old girl from the Sassafras River. The recovery was made by NRP Officers who had continued their surface search of the area for the boating accident victim. The days search began at first light in the area of Ordinary Point, Sassafras River near Kennedyville, Maryland. The body was recovered within mile of where the original accident occurred. The body will be taken to the Office of the State Medical examiner for autopsy.

   July 26, 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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